A plumber was filmed sniffing a client’s panties when he should have fixed a leak.
But despite the horrified woman who called the police who arrested the shopkeeper, he was not charged because he did not steal anything.
The 50-year-old victim, who lives in a one-bedroom apartment near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, said: “I can’t believe this is not an offense.”
A 50-year-old woman spotted a plumber hired to fix a shower at her home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, when she received an alert from her hidden CCTV security system which recorded the man apparently searching in his room.
At one point in the video, the man can be seen apparently sniffing the woman’s underwear after rummaging through her lingerie drawer
The woman, who lives alone in the rented apartment, bought a security camera from Amazon and put it in her bedroom after being told it’s where most burglars are looking.
When her shower, which is in the bathroom, started to leak in the downstairs apartment, she called her landlady who asked a plumber to come and fix it on October 28.
The woman, who runs a recording studio, works late nights and was annoyed when the plumber arrived at 8 a.m. despite being told to come much later.
She sent him back half an hour later when she had had time to dress for work and on his return he came in with his toolbox.
“He walked straight to my bedroom door, which was closed, ignoring the open bathroom door,” the woman said.
“I told him ‘don’t go in there’, I was pretty blunt.
Before leaving for work, she apologized for making him wait and then left him alone in the apartment.
She added, “I trusted him. After I left I went to the local supermarket and when I was in the parking lot my cell phone rang to warn me that my room security camera had a motion sensor, had been activated.
“I took a look at the live stream and noticed the plumber was in one of my underwear drawers.
“I hadn’t been gone for more than 20 minutes and he hadn’t even started working on the leaky shower before he started walking through my room. It was only 9:30 am.
” I had a stomach ache. I am a truly private person and I was devastated and shocked.
She called the police and met them in her apartment.
“Police arrested him on suspicion of burglary,” said the woman, who was too frightened to look at all of the security camera footage which shows the plumber rummaging through the drawers of the wardrobe, rummaging through her clothes and apparently sniffing her underwear.
He also checked under the woman’s bed, thinking he would not be seen as the woman, who lives alone, was out.
She said: “The officers did not search her toolbox or her car,” she said.
When officers returned at 7 p.m. the same day, they told the woman that he could not be charged with burglary.
“The policewoman said he thought I was a whore because I had talked about my clients. But, what gives him the right to search my things. I was disgusted.
Her landlady had to bring in another plumber to fix the leaking shower, which the first one hadn’t even started working on.
“I am now too scared to sleep in my room and dare not go to the stores, I was deeply shocked,” she said.
“I caught him red-handed with my camera rummaging through personal items and sniffing my panties.”
A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Police attended an address in Wakefield following a suspicious circumstance report and arrested a man on suspicion of burglary.
“He was released following an investigation which established that no items had been stolen and that no criminal offense had been committed.
“The complainant was referred to partner agencies for further support.”