The handmade sign alongside the road indicated “HAY FOR SALE” with the Claimant’s phone number. A call was placed to the number and a meeting was set up to “inspect” the hay. Turns out the Claimant was buying hay by the semi-load and reselling it for a profit to farmers and ranchers in the area. SHE also indicated that she would load the hay. That seemed pretty straightforward all we needed was a large flatbed trailer to carry the hay and a vehicle to tow the trailer. A trailer was rented and we purchased 60 bales of hay and filmed the Claimant carrying every bale from the front of the semi trailer then stepping down to the flat bed trailer then stacking the bales neatly on the trailer. Oh and yes we also got a close up of the money being paid to the Claimant. Kansas City Private Investigator Jeff J. McDonald delivered to video tape to the client and they were excited about the outcome.
On a recent surveillance the Subject was at the grocery store and lifted a small child and groceries into his vehicle. On the way home he stopped at the post office and the Investigator wasn’t expecting to get any significant footage at a post office. However, he decided to keep the video camera on the Subject’s vehicle as it backed out from between two vehicles. The car was backing up under human power!! The vehicle wouldn’t start and the subject was pushing it up an incline with an “alleged” shoulder injury. He then reached in and pulled on the steering wheel with no power assist and again pushed the vehicle in an effort to push start the manual transmission (stick shift) vehicle. A RIGHT shoulder injury and shifting a 5 speed. Video was later taken of the interior of the vehicle to display the 5 speed shifter.
Years ago we had a case where the Claimant lived out in the country in a flat, wide open area. Parking on the gravel road would have been too obvious. The investigator sat calmly at a distance and keep the binoculars on the Claimant’s residence. The Claimant came out and looked around. Not seeing anyone began to cut and stack wood on his property. When he became fully distracted that’s when the Investigator slowly moved his vehicle into a closer position to take the shot and began to video tape. After an hour of hard wood cutting and stacking the Investigator sensed that the Claimant was nearing the end. The Investigator slowly backed out of site before the cutting was complete. When the Claimant finished he looked around and again not seeing anyone he went inside. The Investigator was still there watching at a distance through the binoculars waiting for the next opportunity to take a sniper shot. Getting good evidence requires patience, skill and knowing when to move in and strike and when to back out. Not arousing suspicion allows for the Claimant to perjure himself to the court and discredit his own testimony