The Bend Police Department is investigating a hidden camera found in the all-gender bathroom near a secret bar in McMenamins in downtown Bend.
No suspects have been identified, but police are looking into possible voyeurism outside the Broom Closet bar at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, according to a court document filed in Deschutes County Circuit Court.
“At this time, it’s a police matter,” said McMenamins property manager Freestar Yost.
On the morning of Sept. 10, a McMenamins employee called police after discovering a “pinhole” digital camera mounted on the down pipe under the sink in the restroom outside the Broom Closet, according to court documents that recently became public. The camera was attached using Velcro and aimed at the toilet. It contained a 32-gigabyte SD card for digital storage, and police believe the camera was motion-activated.
Bend Police spokeswoman Lt. Juli McConkey said she didn’t know if there were images on the SD card.
“We don’t know. It’s still under investigation,” McConkey said.
An officer determined the model of camera — NIYPS-brand CAM3 — sells for $36.99 on Amazon, according to the court document.
The Broom Closet is a small, secluded upstairs bar in the hotel portion of the McMenamins property. It’s open for coffee for hotel guests only in the mornings from 7 to 11 a.m. It reopens in the evenings for guests and the public.
A manager agreed to provide Bend Police with a list of employees who work at the bar and the previous 24 hours of credit card transactions at the bar.
McMenamins is a hotel-restaurant-brewpub that’s operated at the property for 15 years. The original St. Francis School was built in 1936.
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