Man accused of secretly recording people inside Hickory Planet Fitness

Hickory Police Department/Planet Fitness

A Sherrills Ford man is facing multiple charges after he secretly recorded people inside a local Planet Fitness tanning area, according to the Hickory Police Department. 

The incidents occurred at the Planet Fitness located at 944 2nd Street NE in Hickory. 

According to police, a person discovered a recording device inside of the tanning area of the gym on Tuesday, March 12. Investigators determined the owner of the device was Darren Rodney Astles, 50. 

Astles has been charged with one count of peeping using a photographic imaging device and one count of possession of photographic image obtained from peeping. He was held on a $12,000 secured bond. 

This remains an open and ongoing investigation. Anyone with further information is asked to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or Inv. D. Bailey directly.