An attorney handling a divorce case called me to conduct surveillance on the husband. Suspicions were he was having an affair.
Here is some background on the case: Wife had contacted the attorney about her suspicions about her husband having an affair. She had not told her husband that she was working on a divorce. The attorney said she was not convinced she would file for a divorce unless he was cheating on her. Financial difficulties had plagued the couple recently as they both had been laid off and had taken much lower paying jobs to keep paying the bills. Attorney said they were barely making it.
Surveillance begins: I received the information about the husband in an email from the attorney that included his place of employment, list of absences from the home at night over the last few weeks, and a few pictures of the husband and his vehicle. I researched the home and work locations, did a few drive-by’s to get a feel for possible travel routes, etc. Your normal surveillance prep.
A big box retail store hired me to catch a thief. They’d determined that somewhere between the goods being off loaded at the dock and where the products hit the store shelves someone was helping themselves. In my experience it was going to be an employee.
My job wasn’t made any easier as the typical store manager response when they believe they have an employee stealing is to tell all the employees, “We know someone has been stealing and we are going to be keeping a close eye on the inventory.” Of course the manager is hoping that whoever is stealing will stop. It didn’t work. I like stupid criminals that don't get the message.
It was a typical workers compensation investigation where the target, a factory worker, had been a back injury from a work related incident. The doctor’s report stated he could not lift over 20lbs. My client, the insurance company, wanted to see if the target might be faking the injury or working other jobs while away from work.
I gathered the typical information; home address, internet research on target, and I scoped out his neighborhood to identify potential driving routes and surveillance locations. Then I set up a surveillance schedule and went to work.