A plea of not guilty was entered Monday on behalf of a Puyallup man accused of using a hidden camera to take photographs and videos up the skirts of women and girls at local stores.
Judge Stephanie Arend ordered Nicholas Shreck, 36, jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail during his arraignment in Pierce County Superior Court.
Shreck was charged with one count of voyeurism, but deputy prosecutors allege he might have taken thousands of such photos while “cruising through grocery and department stores with covert cameras,” court records show.
Puyallup police arrested Shreck on Sunday at the South Hill Mall after a loss-prevention officer reported he thought Shreck was using a camera concealed in a hand-held shopping basket to take inappropriate video, records show.
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Shreck allegedly admitted he had been using a hidden camera to videotape girls, court records state. He told police the youngest one was “maybe 17,” the records show.
Police said they found a camera attached to the bottom of a shopping basket with electrical tape and a screw. The camera “had a cardboard cover that was painted black to cover the power light that was activated,” the records show.
A woman who works at the mall told police she saw Shreck in her store Sunday and asked if he needed help.
The woman, who was wearing a skirt, said Shreck “moved himself and the basket closer to her, and she became uncomfortable and began backing up,” court records state.
Investigators were combing through thousands of images and hours of video found on Shreck’s camera and cellphone, the records show, but they found at least one example of “where the defendant successfully video-recorded a woman’s underwear from under her skirt.”