Concealed carry mom shuts down creepy stalker

Recently I got a call from a potential client wanting to see if I could track the creepy guy who followed her and particularly her young child through a Big 5 sporting goods store. She did notice his behavior changed after she was looking at the defensive ammo for her CCW weapon. The guy kind of lost interest at that point, but she did see that he had parked just two cars from hers and left the store shortly after she did. She got his plate number and wanted to know if I could track the guy. I suggested she give this to the police instead. She called back a little later, since she had left her name and number with the store security, when the guy showed up again, they called the police.

But the point is, he lost interest when he found out the mom was not afraid of guns and quite familiar with them, he might even have heard her tell the clerk the ammo was for her concealed carry gun.  Just one example of how a CCW can be effective even when not taken from concealment.

Door-To-Door Salesman Arrested for Indecent Exposure, Unlawful Sexual Contact and Burglary

from – PIO Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

On April 19, 2017, at approximately 2:00 p.m. a door-to-door salesman aggressively insisted that a 19-year-old resident let him into her home, in the 9000-blk Bear Mountain Dr., Highlands Ranch, to use the bathroom. After the 19-year-old reluctantly complied, the salesman, Antron Fogler (DOB: 7/2/65), inappropriately touched her and masturbated in front of her.

Another victim reported that Fogler questioned her about her husband’s location before entering her home and also touching her.

Shortly after the reporting, deputies located Fogler in the area and took him into custody. Fogler is currently housed in the Douglas County Jail, facing charges of Indecent Exposure, Unlawful Sexual Conduct, and 2nd Degree Burglary.

Anyone who sells something door-to-door in unincorporated Douglas County is required by Ordinance to register with the Sheriff’s Office, with the exception of nonprofits and charities. Approved solicitors are vetted and provided a solicitor’s registration card which lists business and contact information. The solicitor registration card must be carried by the solicitor at all times and shown on demand.

Sheriff Tony Spurlock would like to remind citizens to take precautions when dealing with door-to-door sales people, people providing estimates, or the like. Please do not allow them into your home and always confirm that the sales person obtained a Douglas County Solicitor’s Registration Card, confirming their validity and allowing them to conduct their business in Douglas County.

If there are any additional victims that have not yet contacted us, please contact Detective Kahan at ten.f1516276694fireh1516276694scd@n1516276694ahakl1516276694 or 303-814-7085.

This is an open and active investigation, no additional information, including the booking photo, will be released at this time.

Shared with all areas in Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Crime & Safety

Investigation out takes

Sometimes interesting things happen in investigations. Here are a few recent examples:

A client had been victimized – the culprit had been identified and a warrant was issued but until the culprit was arrested no court resolution or restitution would be possible. I found several possible addresses and cars that the culprit was associated with, found their social media posts with Denver Broncos fan posts. I took advantage of that – made a visit to the several addresses until I found the culprit’s car parked at one, called the local police and waited until officer’s arrived and arrested the culprit – in Bronco orange jersey in the middle of the game.

Looking for a suspected sexual predator who was believed to be living with or near relatives I tracked the parents and a brother to two houses about two blocks apart. I found that cars parked at those addresses were registered to the parents but under aliases and variations of their names – using the common Hispanic name traditions of sometimes using father’s surname, mother’s surname, husband’s surname, the wife using de husband’s surname,. One car had “changed hands” from the wife using her husband’s last name to the wife using her mothers surname. I also found evidence of the culprit using a car registered to someone who he is friends with on social media. I found a company he and family members own with a fake address in the middle of a city golf course. I was able to finally locate the culprit using social media information about  when they would be at a particular location.

In a contested divorce case I determined that the husband had a new live in girl friend. While I was investigating him and his assets, he appears to have had the girlfriend buy a birthday present for his 6 year old daughter who lives in another state with the wife. She ordered online three Hello Kitty wines! Cannot imagine what she was thinking, was it spite against the wife or against her boyfriend? Had no idea there were Hello Kitty wines!

A husband needed to find his estranged wife to serve her with divorce papers, he had two possible areas of the city where she might be. As a precaution I checked for restraining orders and found that not only did his wife have one against him, he had one against her so I couldn’t let either of them know the others whereabouts. He did have a lawyer so I told him I could work through the lawyer only. I tracked down a likely address for her and went there knocked on the door and a young woman answered. I had a picture of the wife and this was not her. I asked if the wife was there she said she doesn’t live there anymore. I asked is she had any forwarding address. A teen aged kid behind her pops up and says she is in rehab in California. The woman agreed with that, but did admit she had a phone number that might or might not be still working. I thanked her and went back to the car and called the number, asked for the wife, and it was she who answered. I explained to her that her husband hired me to find her so she could be served and get the divorce going after these two years. She agreed that would be good, to get it done but was very leery about telling me where she lived or worked but she told me what part of town and said the next evening after she got off work would be good. I said no problem maybe someplace like Starbucks? She eventually agreed to meet at a police station which was okay by me. The next day she let me know which police station it was twenty miles from where she had claimed to be. The next day I talked to the husband, he admitted he had been living in his truck in a mountain campground. I never did know where either was really living but he paid cash and the papers were served.

 

Workers Comp case, a guy out of work seemed to be working, needed to be caught. Knowing he had no license after a DUI it seemed likely he was taking a bus or light rail. On Sunday, not expecting him to be working, I parked near his apartment on the likely route in order to scope out the possibilities, with video cameras aimed at the bus/train station and his apartment I was watching the buses, trains and people. Out of no where he shows up behind my vehicle walking across to a convenience store.  Reviewing the videos later I did not see him walking from the apartment or from the bus / train. There is a chain link fence that whole block with no gates or gaps where had he come from? By syncing the videos I saw a white cargo van come from the direction of the apartment but did not appear in the other view for almost a minute. He had been in the van and they dropped him off right across the street from me. Well I now knew what to look for as his transport to and from work.

Spousal Infidelity? What can you do?

Ok, you’ve hired an investigator and have the proof, can you salvage the marriage? Maybe. Here is a link to a site with some insight into that.

The answer is not always to hire a lawyer. Is the cheating terminal, it depends of you, your spouse and all the details of your lives together. Perhaps your church has different rules for divorce than the state does? Are there kids, will the kids be better off if you stay together or if you split? Are you able to move forward in the marriage knowing the truth? Will you and your spouse be able to live with the consequences of the infidelity and move forward in the marriage if the truth is squarely on the table? Has all the truth come out?

Many times finding the truth is a small part. But, can you deal with the situation at all without knowing the truth?

Protecting your data

From TechRepublic article linked below
Image From TechRepublic article linked below

I realize that since my work involves sometimes trying to find information that people try to hide this could be counter productive,  frankly, there are good reasons to protect your data from other people. Things like financial records, private pictures, ideas for a business you plan to start, company trade secrets, lots of things that just should not be out in plain sight.

Storing things on your computer or phone or other device can leave it available to hackers or even just someone who randomly gets physical access to the device. Anti virus software, pass codes on the device, other things mean little if the info is stored as a simple file, like a word document or photo or video.

And sending a file by email or on a thumb drive or DVD is also risky. Unless the file is encrypted.

Enter some free software that can encrypt your file,  called GPG – it comes as part of Linux operating systems and is available for Windows as GPG4win.  It relates back to what was originally called PGP which was Pretty Good Privacy. It uses a two key system – a public key and a private key.  There are phone aps that use PGP – these are not free but worth looking at.

You can use it to make an encrypted copy of a file that without your key (a long series of random characters – letters, numbers and symbols) the file is useless.

If you need someone to send you something – emailed or otherwise – they will need the free program on their end and your public key. The public key encrypts only – it will not change the encrypted file back, so it doesn’t matter who happens to get the file or the key, only your private key can unlock it.

Now that’s not to say that the NSA or someone with unlimited time on massive computers could not get the key, but as long as you are not a criminal or terrorist it is very doubtful anyone would be able to get your data.

As to storing the keys for your encrypted files, try one of these password managers in this article .

 

Social media dangers

What you post on Facebook or elsewhere can come back to bite you. Not just in the face palm I cant believe I posted that type but the How did that guy find out where I live or my phone number or where and when I can be attacked, or kidnapped, or worse? (Now, I really don’t want the people I am looking for to take this advice, it makes my work easier when they do these things.)

Do you have a classic valuable car you posted a picture of with the license plate number showing?

Did you post a picture of the front of your house with the address numbers showing?

When you go eat do you click the cute little thing that checks you in to that place?

Does your profile show what city and state you are from?

Do you post about where you work? Even just the company name? Do you post pictures with a company vehicle in the background or with you wearing a company shirt, jacket or uniform?

While you are on vacation do you post pictures of the great place you and your family are staying?

That is more than enough info for a thief or worse to target you and your stuff.

With the license plate number in most states the owners name and address, the vin number, maybe the color, engine size, even some options are out there.

With the house number and the city you can Google and find all the complete addresses with that number in that city (there are surprisingly few in many cases) and then go to Google street view or Zillow and match the pictures of your house to those on the web. They will know your complete address, perhaps even pictures of the inside of the house.

Oh and look you are on vacation in Cancun posting pictures of you para sailing today and youre going snorkeling tomorrow (guess your home is probably empty today and tomorrow)garyfloats . Or every Thursday you go out to eat at Goodtime Charlies with all your buds.

You work at Gooddeal mortgage loans well there is only one of those near your home, a quick call to them during the day can verify you are there even if the receptionist says Oh Im sorry but employees cant take private calls, I know you are probably there and can probably guess what time to wait outside to catch you leaving work.

So just from what many people post on Social media someone with bad intentions can find you, rob your home, steal your car, kidnap you or your family members, stalk you, harass you, target you in many ways. All because you do what so many others do every day.

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Can a quality door and lock make a difference in your security?

A police or parole officer with a battering ram wanting to gain access to an apartment would seem to be a pretty good test of the integrity of a door and lock system. This door was on an apartment, it is set into the steel commercial frame in a masonry wall. The ram actually tore the steel surface of the door in one spot, it was obviously multiple blows and the deadbolt held, the door is trash and there is damage to the striker plate inside.

If this was your door and the person trying to gain entry was not a law enforcement officer with a warrant they would look for either an easier access point or another target. Even the officers gave up on this one before gaining entry. The neighbors were all well aware of the attempt well before they gave up. If they were not obviously law enforcement officers the nearest neighbor said she would have called 911. (She should have called anyway since there is always the possibility that they were not really law enforcement),

A strong door, set in a strong frame with a good lock can make a difference between someone entering your home or not.

After the horse is gone…

With the recent rash of vehicle break ins, where the garage door opener and registrations were taken – first thing you need to do is make that old opener not work. First – unplug the opener. That is quick and dirty but will stop them until you take a more permanent step. you need to make that old opener useless permanently.

Some older models there is a set of switches on the opener that set the code. The remotes have the same inside. Just flip a few of the switches on the opener to the other position and then make the switches in any remaining or new remotes match – job done.

most newer openers learn the remote and will have a button to make it forget the remotes (all of them). Then you need to have it re learn the existing remotes or the button built into newer vehicles. Then the missing remote will be useless ( unless it is recovered and then you can have the opener re learn it).

There may be a different process for the openers that are IOT (Internet of Things) connected through wifi.

DO NOT, as someone posted in a comment elsewhere, booby trap your car to injure the thieves – in today’s lawsuit happy world – not a good idea! Besides it would probably damage your car and the insurance might well decline to pay.

Vehicle break ins in Parker and Denver area

The following is from the Parker, CO police Dept.

Public Relations/PIO Josh Hans, Parker Police Department
Weekend Vehicle Trespasses

Throughout the metro area, agencies are seeing an increase in criminal trespasses into vehicles. Over the weekend, 18 vehicles were broken into in the Town of Parker in several different subdivisions. In addition, multiple incidents were reported in Douglas County.

Vehicle trespasses are crimes of opportunity and we need everyone’s help to stop these crimes. Criminals will walk down a street pulling door handles looking for vehicles left unlocked. All of the vehicles that were entered this weekend were unlocked. To further illustrate the importance of locking your doors, one resident had two vehicles parked in the driveway. The vehicle with the unlocked doors was entered; the vehicle with locked doors was not.

There were a variety of items stolen from the vehicles; two garage door openers, a gym bag, vehicle registration and a wallet to name a few. Along with locking your doors, it is important to remove any valuables from your vehicle when parked. Many of the vehicles that were entered over the weekend had nothing stolen.

The victims aren’t to blame in these incidents, the criminals are. However, taking smart steps to avoid becoming a victim helps you and helps the community. These are incredibly tough crimes to solve because there is usually no suspect information. Let’s all pull together, be supportive and educate everyone on what they can do to avoid becoming a victim.

Beyond what the PD suggests – motion sensing flood lights, motion sensing cameras and just plain being aware of your property can go a long way to keeping you out of the victim column. Maybe try one of the new Ring combination motion sensing camera and flood lights. It will alert you on your phone or tablet immediately when it goes off.

Who is this guy I just met?

Not long after this happened at the WalMart in Parker, CO I heard from two other women of about the same age who had been approached by the same guy with about the same line.

Do not know what his endgame is but he is not the Mr. Right for these women.

 

BEWARE!

Not long ago a recent widow asked me to do a background check on a new Beau. At seventy she felt just a little leery of accepting him at face value.

He met her at the local grocery store and it ended with a couple hour visit at StarBucks and a couple kisses. She found a Facebook page for him and the picture matched. Showed pictures of him with his kids. She just had a vibe that made her want to check.

He told her his name, how old he was, that he had been widowed 12 years ago, that he had kids living in the area, lots of details.

Problems popped immediately when I started to check the details. His phone came back as belonging to someone with the same first name but similar although different last name. Searching the name he gave came back with virtually nothing, on the cell phone owners name a different story.

That story was there was a move 12 years ago to the general area he said he lived (didnt give her his address), there was a record of a woman at that address with the same first name as his late wife and this other last name but no indication (like the SS death list) that she was late. The kids he had mentioned by first name existed with the different last name attached but they did not appear to live in the area.

So it looks like he told her some truth first name, phone number, how long he had lived in the area, his wifes first name, his kids first names. It just seems the lies were in the details like a living wife, his real name, his real intentions (which remain unknown but certainly seem nefarious).

She decided to cancel going to breakfast with him.