Caught On Camera: Tradie's Disturbing Act In Nursery

A family in California has contacted police after a security camera caught a repairman's disturbing behaviour in the bedroom of two young girls. 

The video appears to show the man enter the room and check to see if anyone is watching before picking up a pair of the children's underwear and sniffing it.

The outraged father, Jason Cooper, told CBS Los Angeles he was appalled at the apparent behaviour.

"I was enraged when I saw this video," he said, after hiring the man to fix damaged floors in his California home.

Caught on camera. Image: Supplied via CBS Los Angeles

The footage was captured by a camera which sits above his three-year-old daughter's crib. The man is seen walking around the bedroom, going over to the hamper and peeking inside. He then reaches in, touching the clothes and pulling out a pair of underwear.

"He's sniffing or licking, doing something disgusting with my either five-year-old or three-year-old's underwear," Cooper told CBS.

The man goes back again several times and in one instance, appears to pocket the girl's underwear before leaving.

After seeing the video, Cooper said he filed a police report and confronted him by phone. The man gasped when Cooper told him he had been recorded.

"And I didn't let him speak to me," Cooper said.

"I didn't want to hear what he had to say.  He knew what he had done, he knew I had video of it. I want to make sure he can't do this to another family, and to another five-year-old or another three-year-old."

CBS Los Angeles tried to reached out to the man in the video, but to no avail.