Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mug Shot Monday (continued)

Not making excuses, but what else is there to do on Long Island?

A creepy customer at a Long Island tanning salon secretly recorded a nude woman in a private booth — and cops suspect he targeted women in at least two other locations, authorities said Wednesday,

Jake Gabler-Colotti, 22, was allegedly caught in the act March 12 by the victim, who was in a booth at Beach Bum Tanning in Levitttown, police said.

The woman called police, who showed up at the salon and arrested the suspect.

“He would enter a tanning salon booth, he would place that video camera up on top of the ledge and videotape either the one victim to the left or to the right in the other tanning booth." said Detective Richard LeBrun of the Nassau County Police. “When you go into these places, you expect a reasonable expectation of privacy. That did not happen here. When you go to these booths it should basically be like your own bedroom, your own bathroom, and that level of expectation of privacy was not met at all.”

Police found the recording on the suspect’s Sony digital camera, according to court papers.

LeBrun, a police spokesman, said the suspect admitted to videotaping other women in the past at the salon’s locations in Seaford and Plainview.

Thus far, he said, a victim in Seaford has been identified and police believe there are others.

“We are disgusted by news that a customer of ours was taping other customers while using a private tanning booth," said Ronn Torossian, a spokesman for Beach Bum Tanning. “We knew nothing about these activities, and are cooperating fully with authorities."

Gabler-Colotti, who lives in Wantagh, was arraigned March 13 on two counts of unlawful surveillance and released on $10,000 bail.

His lawyer, Cornell Van Nostrand Bouse, said he is suspicious of a confession prosecutors say his client made because it was written by police based on what cops say he said.

“He’s actually a fine young man,” Bouse said. “The case they have against him is fairly circumstantial.”

Bouse said Gabler-Colotti works for his father’s construction company.

Police ask any other victims to call the Second Squad at (516) 573-6253 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 244-TIPS. (Via NYDN)