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McCracken Co. man arrested in connection to burglary, eavesdropping charges

Michael Byers (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Michael Byers (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
KEVIL, KY (KFVS) -

A McCracken County man has been arrested after allegedly entering the home of his ex-wife illegally, as well as eavesdropping on her through the use of electronic equipment.

On June 24, 2015, Tara Byers of Kevil, KY discovered a pinhole camera hidden behind a wall painting in her bedroom, and contacted the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department.

An investigation revealed that between October 1, 2014 and June 24, 2015, her ex-husband Michael Byers, 38, of Kevil, KY, installed a hidden pinhole camera in her bedroom.

According to the investigation, Michael used a wall painting to hide the camera by creating a small hole and attaching it to the back side. 

He then ran the video and audio cables through the bedroom wall up into the attic, where a digital video recorder was discovered by detectives. 

Detectives discovered the recorder was connected to an ethernet cable, which was connected to Tara’s home Wi-Fi. 

The Wi-Fi was believed to have been used to view the video feed remotely through the recorder. 

The recorder was found to have recorded video and audio from Tara’s bedroom. 

It is believed the recording system had been installed several months prior. 

The investigation also showed that Michael had unlawfully entered Tara’s home on two separate occasions in the last two weeks. 

While detectives were viewing the recorded video from the camera installed by Michael, he was observed inside Tara’s home on June 18, rummaging through her personal items and checking on the camera. 

On both occasions that Michael entered the home, an emergency protective order (EPO) was in effect. 

Michael was in violation of the EPO on both occasions, because it stated he was to remain at least 500 feet from Tara and her home.

Michael was also served a warrant for trespassing and theft charges. 

The warrant stated on June 10, 2015, Michael unlawfully entered Tara’s home and took a set of speakers from outside the home.         

Byers was charged with two counts of burglary, installing an eavesdropping device, eavesdropping, two counts of violation of an emergency protective order, criminal trespassing, and theft by unlawful taking u/$500.

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