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Greenpoint man indicted for unlawful surveillance of two female roommates

Defendant allegedly recorded numerous videos of the women by planting cameras in bathroom and bedroom

July 21, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff

A 57-year-old Greenpoint man has been arraigned on an indictment in which he is charged with unlawful surveillance for allegedly secretly recording two women roommates in the bathroom and in their bedroom without their knowledge.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez identified the defendant as Thomas Tamborski, 57, of Greenpoint. The defendant was arraigned on Wednesday before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dena Douglas on an indictment in which he is charged with 36 counts of unlawful surveillance. He was released without bail and ordered to return to court on Aug.18, 2021.

Gonzalez said that, according to the investigation, between Dec. 17, 2020 and Jan. 14, 2021, Tambroski, who is a photographer and the superintendent at the building where he lives, 184 Franklin St., allegedly planted numerous recording devices in his bathroom and a spare bedroom that he rented to a 24-year-old woman and surreptitiously videotaped and photographed her.

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Furthermore, according to the investigation, between Dec. 3 and Dec. 24, 2018, the defendant allegedly surreptitiously recorded another roommate, a 33-year-old woman, in the bathroom and in her bedroom.

The investigation began after the 24-year-old woman became suspicious that someone had been going through her bedroom when she wasn’t home so, on Jan. 14, 2021, she placed a camera in her bedroom to see if anyone was entering the room. After reviewing the first day of footage, she noticed what appeared to be an infrared light, which she recognized as a camera light, coming from her bedroom wall.

She reported it to the police, who recovered a camera from inside of the wall. Upon further investigation, DA’s Office investigators and members of the New York City Police Department executed a search warrant at the apartment and recovered numerous items including two cellphones, an alarm clock, an air freshener and a SONOS speaker, which allegedly contained or were capable of housing hidden cameras.
The defendant had allegedly insisted that the clock, air freshener and speaker remain in the bathroom, according to the woman.

A forensic analysis of the above items, as well as additional cell phones, computers, disks, USBs, cameras and hard drives allegedly found that there was a hidden camera in a vent in the bathroom that recorded, at various times, the 33-year-old woman either changing, showering, or doing other personal activities.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant is accused of a shocking invasion of privacy for allegedly surreptitiously recording his roommates during private moments. We will now seek to hold him accountable for this disturbing violation and breach of trust.”
The case was investigated by detective investigators from the District Attorney’s Investigations Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Tara Kelly of the District Attorney’s Grey Zone Trial Bureau.
The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Michael Diamond of the Grey Zone, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Robert Walsh.

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