UPDATE: Subway’s public relations manager, Kevin Kane, issued the following statement regarding a Subway employee who Darien Police say is an illegal immigrant and was caught putting cameras into a Subway bathroom at the food chain’s Noroton Heights location:
All Subway restaurants are individually owned and operated by independent franchisees.
While the hiring and staffing of the restaurant is the sole responsibility of the franchisee, the brand requires franchisees to follow all applicable laws and regulations.
We are aware of the allegations made regarding a Darien Subway restaurant and will be actively looking into them. We do not condone the alleged behavior and can assure our customers that this is not the business practice used by Subway franchisees.
As this is an ongoing investigation we can provide no further comment.
ORIGINAL REPORT: After receiving a complaint this week about a “spy camera” installed in the unisex bathroom at the town’s Subway restaurant, Darien Police launched an expedited investigation that resulted in the arrest of a Bridgeport man.
Darien Police initially received the complaint Wednesday, Aug. 1. The camera was subsequently recovered in the bathroom of the Subway restaurant located at 22 Heights Rd.
Examination of the camera footage revealed three individuals that had been unknowingly captured on video. In addition to the three victims, the suspect who installed the camera was also captured on the video and was subsequently identified as a Subway employee.
Due to the nature of the crime and the potential for further victims, police expedited the investigation.
On Thursday, an arrest warrant was applied for and granted by the Stamford Superior Court. On Thursday afternoon, detectives executed the arrest warrant and took the suspect into custody while he was at work at Subway.
The suspect, Marco Dias, age 21 of 170 Kaechele St. Bridgeport, was taken to
headquarters and charged with three counts of voyeurism, which is a class D felony.
Dias was initially held on a $25,000.00 bond, but during processing it was discovered that he is an illegal alien.
At that point, the Darien police contacted the United States Immigration Service who subsequently placed a “detainer” on Dias, meaning that he is now being held indefinitely. Dias had no prior criminal history, according to police.
At approximately 5 p.m. this evening, the police executed a search and seizure warrant on Dias’ residence in Bridgeport. The search produced an additional “spy” type camera and associated computer equipment. These items will be forensically examined in the near future. Investigation to continue.