Shapley wrote: Likewise with Haggis. I suspect he's keeping himself busy. I didn't have time to call on him when I was in Dallas recently. The wife and I hope to return for a visit there soon, hopefully can meet up then.
That's a date, I'm serious, we'll do dinner and set the world straight one scotch at a time. Please consider this a firm invitation. I'll write one too, if your wife requires one!!!
Yes, I've been busy with work.
My favorite quote in the world is one by Chuck Yeager who once commented that he'd rather be lucky than good any day.
Last week I investigated a theft of a trailer with $49,000 worth of garbage bags (I'm in the wrong business) Using GPS data from the stolen trailer to track the trailer’s movement after its theft. At one location the trailer was at rest for almost eight hours before being abandoned, empty, a mile away.
While investigating the location, a small warehousing building with separate bays, I saw that one bay door was open and what appeared to cargo similar to the stolen cargo inside. Did I mention that private investigators don't bother with boring things like "probable cause" or "Miranda rights"??
I and another insurance investigator entered the warehouse and after lying to the the individual renting the warehouse he admitted that he had purchased the stolen cargo from an individual who had driven the trailer to the location.
Based on our find detectives from several jurisdictions responded. During a search of the warehouse additional sports memorabilia stolen during an earlier robbery was identified.
Total recovery of stolen property and equipment (he stole several forklifts during the robbery) was almost $265,000
A Cuban national was identified as the thief of the trailer and apprehended the same night.
Intelligence identified in the original search led police investigators to another warehouse in Dallas, TX. At that warehouse the Cuban national apparently broke into an empty warehouse and then moved stolen property into it.
Detectives searched the warehouse and found property from approximately 6 earlier thefts ranging from high value furniture to forklifts to cosmetics as well as stolen tractors (the kind that pull trailers, now the plowing kind) and several empty trailers that had been stolen. Total value of recovered property at that location was over $800,000, making our total haul in two day over $1MIL.
Since then I've been busy in several jurisdictions talking with local prosecutors and law enforcement agencies. Oh, and I got back all of my stolen trash bags
Successes like these are, admittedly, rare but damn they feel good when the bad guys lose a big one. As I said, I'd rather be lucky than good any day