MIDTOWN, Manhattan — A Midtown woman is suing her landlord after she captured video of her super allegedly entering her apartment and sniffing her underwear.
Ashley Chase, 26, told the New York Post that she noticed several bras and pairs of underwear had gone missing over a period of time.
Chase, who lives in a studio apartment on E. 55th Street, decided to borrow an old iPhone from her sister to set up a hidden camera using the app Presence. The app allows users to watch their home in real time. It also begins recording videos when motion is detected.
The financial analyst set up the camera on a weekend when she was going out of town. She tells the Post that minutes after the super, Jose Cedillo, 32, saw her leaving in the elevator, she got an alert that the motion detector had been activated.
A 20 second video shows Cedillo in the apartment with the underwear in his hand.
Cedillo was arrested and charged with burglary as a sexual motivated felony and petit larceny.
Chase has filed a lawsuit against her landlords and the building manager TMS Management. TMS Management did not respond a request to comment.
According to city housing code, landlords are permitted to enter an apartment during a “reasonable time after providing reasonable notice if the entry is either to provide necessary or agreed upon repairs or services, or in accordance with the lease, or to show the apartment to prospective tenants and purchasers.” Landlords can enter without notice during an emergency.