Raleigh cellphone repair workers accused of sharing woman's private photos

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018
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Two cellphone repair store workers are facing charges after police said they shared a woman's photos.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Two cellphone repair store workers are facing charges after police said they shared a woman's private photos.

According to police, the 23-year-old woman dropped off her phone at Batteries Plus Bulbs on Glenwood Avenue to be repaired.

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The victim told ABC11 that her iPhone was attached to her iCloud and her Mac computer. While her phone was at the store, she noticed that her photos were being texted to other numbers.

She said her boyfriend went to the store to confront the workers but, when he got there, the workers called police, saying there was a violent customer in the store.

When police arrived, the boyfriend showed police evidence that the woman's photos were shared. That's when 19-year-old Carlos Andres Espinoza and 37-year-old Brandon Gilmore Johnson were arrested.

Batteries Plus Bulbs sent this statement to ABC11:

Batteries Plus Bulbs and its independently-owned franchisees are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality of service, which includes protecting their privacy. Batteries Plus Bulbs requires its franchisees to implement and maintain strict policies and procedures to protect customer privacy. Batteries Plus Bulbs franchise owners and their store associates undergo extensive training to ensure customer devices and their private information are kept safe and secure while being repaired in our stores. Batteries Plus Bulbs does not condone this type of behavior and is actively investigating this matter. We sincerely apologize to our customer who was impacted by this incident.

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