Catching cheating Valentines

Tuesday, February 14th 2006, 10:05 am
By: News On 6

According to the Wall Street Journal, Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for private detectives, investigating cheating spouses. The good news is local private eyes say Valentine's Day isn't more active than any other day. The bad news, the cheating heart business is always big in Tulsa. News on 6 anchor Tami Marler has that story.

"Everytime you think you've seen everything in this business, something will pop up." Gary Glanz is no longer surprised by what he sees. 35-years as a private investigator, more than 5,000 cheating spouse cases, helping clients find the truth sometimes gets ugly. "And I went out and her husband was running around and she showed me this safe and I got it open. And her husband was buying breast augmentations for all of his girlfriends, and all of the photographs were in this safe."

Glanz says the spouse was not only cheating, he was hiding $10-million in assets. The wife got most of it in the divorce. "A good investigator's going to tiptoe into this case, gathers all his information, and step out without anyone ever knowing he's been there."

These days, surveillance technology is so advanced, someone could be watching you, and you'd have no idea. Cameras are so tiny; they can fit in just about everything. "We offer the video surveillance. It depends on how much information I get from the spouse. We have high technology GPS tracking units now." Ken Henson says the majority of his business comes from clients who want to know whether a spouse is cheating and GPS devices give him a safe way to follow, without being detected.

"I have someone that's doing the mapping. And they let me know where the vehicle's at, and once they reach their destination, I pull up and set up my video surveillance."

Cameras like the ones at the Spy Shop can be hidden anywhere and Henson says, most of his clients' suspicions are right-on. "If they have a feeling their spouse is cheating, 85 to 90 percent of the time they're right."

While private eyes nationwide may see a spike in cheating hearts this time of year, Tulsa investigators say business is always steady.

Private detectives say if you're uneasy about your spouse working a lot of overtime, using the Internet excessively or hiding the cell phone bill, it may be time to call a professional.