Co-owner accused of putting camera in business bathroom

Mug shot of Timothy Knapke courtesy the Mercer County Sheriff's Department.

MERCER COUNTY, Ohio (WANE) – A co-owner of a Mercer County business is facing a count of attempted voyeurism and a count of obstructing official business after police got an anonymous tip that a camera had been placed in a unisex bathroom at the workplace.

Timothy A. Knapke, 52, is a co-owner of Tru-Edge Grinding on Jim Lachey Drive in St. Henry. On Wednesday morning, police acted on an anonymous tip that a camera had been placed by the toilet in a unisex bathroom at the business.

According to police, the recording equipment had been taken out of the bathroom before deputies arrived. It had been thrown into a dumpster and picked up by the trash company. Deputies found the truck before it unloaded its contents at the landfill.

Mercer County deputies searched through trash and found recording equipment. A search warrant was then received and executed at Tru-Edge Grinding where deputies found more evidence.

Police believe Knapke installed the camera in the restroom. He was arrested and brought to the Mercer County jail where he was released after posting a $325 bond.

According to the company’s website, Tru-Edge Grinding provides precision regrinding and reconditioning services:

Since incorporating in 1996, Tru-Edge has been recognized as a leading provider of precision regrinding and reconditioning services. From these roots, we have grown our capabilities and now offer turnkey engineering and tool designing solutions, custom and modified tool manufacturing options, and operate a complete in-house coating system. Our location in West Central Ohio offers a strategic advantage to work within a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, food service, medical, mining, tool, die & mold, and woodworking.


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