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A Starbucks cafe in Sanlitun, China on Aug. 8, 2015.
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Police arrested a man after a customer found a hidden camera the restroom of an Orange County, Cali. Starbucks.

The suspect has been identified as Melcher Carrillo Alvarado, who confessed to the crime, authorities said.

A customer came upon the video camera on Friday after noticing a blinking blue light beneath a shelf. She found a camera, described to be the “size of a large marker,” pointing towards the toilet and used paper towels to remove it in order to preserve fingerprints. The single-person bathroom is used by both genders.

“You just never think it’s going to happen to you,” the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told NBC Los Angeles. “Once that device hit the floor and I saw the light, I immediately knew it was something, it was a camera.”

Investigators are currently trying to identify the people who were filmed with the camera.

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