A Weedsport man was arrested Friday for taking images and videos from customer cell phones while he was employed at an Auburn Verizon Wireless store, according to a press release from the Auburn Police Department.
Eladio "Eli" Delgado, 8905 N. Willow St., Weedsport, was charged with two counts of unauthorized use of a computer, a misdemeanor. But police believe there are many more victims and their investigation continues.
Police said the offenses occurred while Delgado worked at the Verizon store at 298 Grant Ave. The APD had confirmed publicly in March that it was investigating a case involving an ex-worker at the store, but no arrest had been announced until Friday.
The department received a complaint in January from a person who said a personal picture had been taken from her old cellphone and was texted to an unknown number. The complaintant determined the text was sent when she was at the Verizon store upgrading her phone and didn't have possession of the device, police said.
An investigation has been ongoing since that complaint, with APD coordinating with state police, the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office and the Cayuga County District Attorney's Office.
The investigation since that time revealed that cellphones of around 20 separate people have been similarly compromised since 2013, police said. Some of them have been identified and have been informed of the investigation, which is still ongoing, but many victims haven't been identified yet. Some victims may have been unsure of what to do or were unaware that their data had been compromised.
Anyone with information that could assist in the continuing investigation is asked to contact APD Detective Brian Blanchfield at (315) 255-4703 or (315) 253-3231. Calls can be anonymous.