Order up for a peeping tom

Friday, November 7th 2008, 7:40 pm
By: News 9

By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A supervisor at an Oklahoma City Sonic Drive-In has been arrested for allegedly stalking and taking secret photos.

Timothy Billings, 48, was fired after the incident.

An employee discovered a video camera hidden in the women's restroom at the Sonic located at NW 122 Street and MacArthur Boulevard.

"The camera was hidden in the ceiling, and when one of the women was in the bathroom the camera actually fell out of the ceiling and struck her on the head," Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Gary Knight said.

According to the police report: "The box was wrapped with tape and had a small hole on the bottom of the box, which pointed toward the toilet. Inside was a digital recording device."

Employees knew the camera belonged to Billings. They told police he was showing it off to others a week before the discovery.

"So apparently he had the camera set up in this place and it was a camera that could easily download pictures onto a camera." Sgt. Knight said.

Employees said they did find a short video of a woman using the restroom located on a company computer.  It was enough for police to arrest Billings and to seize both the computer and camera.

When notified about the incident, Nancy Love Robertson, a Sonic spokesperson said in a statement: "This is a very unpleasant situation and we regret the effect this may have had on our franchisee's employees or our loyal customers."

Sonic said it will continue to cooperate with police.  Billings faces charges of stalking and taking clandestine photos. He's been released on a $6,000 bond.