Anyone who thinks it’s easy making a living as a private investigator has been watching too much television or reading too many mystery novels. Having watched his competitors come and go for 40 years, Gary Glanz knows that better than anybody. To him, there is only one measure of success in this business, and that is producing results for the client – for every client, every time.
A revolutionary new Global Positioning System unit had been developed by a Tulsa electronics company, but an unscrupulous company engineer had intercepted the designs and was secretly working on his own unit for a competitor in Singapore. When company officials were alerted something was amiss by a supplier who had stumbled across the scheme, Gary Glanz got the call.
Setting up a surveillance on company computers, Glanz quickly identified a suspect who was transmitting information on the unit to his home computer. A subsequent raid of the employee’s apartment yielded a wealth of incriminating documents and stolen computer software, and provided investigators with a link to the engineer’s partner in Reno, Nev., who was serving as the liason with the company in Singapore that was buying the pirated unit.
On Christmas Eve, Glanz flew to Reno and trailed the suspect to his home, where he served the engineer’s partner with a civil lawsuit seeking damages for the actions of himself and the others involved in the scheme. He also recovered the prototype the engineer had built, then referred the case to law enforcement authorities for prosecution. Glanz’s quick response had halted the production of a product that likely would have cost his clients millions of dollars in sales had it reached the market.