Airline pilot accused of installing spy camera in UCF student’s apartment window

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A Frontier Airlines pilot is accused of installing a hidden spy camera in a University of Central Florida student’s bedroom window.

UCF police said Vernon Crider, 55, cut a hole in the screen of the window and placed a small camera facing the window glass to record a woman’s bedroom.

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The 19-year-old sophomore said she found the camera when she noticed a flashing green light in her window at The Pointe at Central apartments.

“I was alone and I didn’t know if the camera was like, if they could see that I had seen it so I felt really unsafe and I didn’t know what to do,” she told Channel 9.

Officers said when they reviewed footage on the camera, they found pictures of a man and the cockpit of an airplane.

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They matched those photos to Crider, who was confirmed as a pilot for Frontier Airlines. The airline said that Crider had flown into Orlando on the days the coordinated with when the camera was installed.

Investigators said Crider had an expired driver’s license out of Pensacola, Florida, and a valid license in Missouri.

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Crider is charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and attempted video voyeurism.

Crider was arrested in Missouri on Oct. 13 and extradited to Orange County without incident. He posted bond the next next morning.

Channel 9 reached out to Frontier Airlines to see if Crider is still employed by the company, but they replied with no comment.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.