Webcam Reveals Maintenance Worker Entering Apartment
Published May 4th, 2012
By: Yaremi Farinas
It's a creepy feeling to feel like someone uninvited has come into your home.
It's even worse when it looks like some of your stuff has been moved around.
One apartment resident used her intuition and some technology to find out for sure.
"Something wasn't right, something weird was going on," said Malorie Lipman.
She describes how she felt when unexplainable events happened in her apartment.
"My roommate was home once and someone had walked in. She didn't have her contacts on she didn't really know what he looked like, but that kind of set up a red flag," said Lipman.
That was reported to police in April.
"After that there was like knocking at the door and we look through the peep hole and no one was there. It was just really weird, so my dad told me about this witness program, so we put that on my computer," said Lipman.
The program starts videotaping when it detects motion. Then the computer locks up and sends an alert to her iphone.
On thursday malorie was taking her organic chemistry final at UF. After the test she turned on her iphone. That's when she saw what was going on in her bedroom when she wasn't there.
One of the maintenance workers from Looking Glass appeared to be wandering around her apartment.
"It was like yes we finally got him, but it was kind of like this is really scary too. I didn't know if I should go back to my apartment or where to go. It was really mixed feelings," said Lipman.
Jeffrey Dickinson is accused of burglary and stealing $10 from Lipman's apartment.
One of the apartment owners said all maintenance workers must check out individual apartment keys when work is requested by a tenant and then check it back in as soon as they are done.
"Nothing like this has ever happened before and were shocked," said Clay Kallman.
Kallman said they are changing the locks to all the apartments.
Detectives are investigating if Dickinson is related to the incident in April.
"Not only were Mr. Dickinson's actions a violation of the law, they were also the ultimate violation of privacy for these two young ladies," said Cpl. Angelina Valuri from Gainesville Police.
"We didn't want to point fingers, but we paid attention to those feelings, an intuition I guess," said Lipman.
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