We received a lot of good feedback about the near real-time posts we made regarding the surveillance job we had at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. Little did I know that we would be doing another one so soon.
This past Monday a female contacted our Newport Beach office to ask if we could follow her spouse, “Larry,” this weekend.
Larry would be flying in from Phoenix to John Wayne/Orange County airport on the Friday morning of July 24 in order to attend the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. His stay on this visit would last until Sunday night on July 26. He would be returning next weekend with his wife during the period July 31 through August 2 to attend the finals and watch the award ceremony.
That return visit is now highly unlikely – especially with his wife.
I knew I would have no problem getting our staff investigators to work this assignment – the weather and surf have been near perfect. We had Larry’s flight arrival information, where knew where he had reserved his rental car and the hotel he was registered at near the event.
Larry came off the plane right on-time and proceeded to baggage claim, where one of our investigators was in position. We had a second investigator outside in the rental car area to follow him once he obtained his vehicle. Two investigators are not always needed, but very helpful getting started when following someone out of an airport and/or to a specific hotel.
Larry arrived at the upscale hotel. He left his vehicle with a valet. We observed him register at the front desk.
Everything seemed pretty simple and straightforward.
Then Larry through us a curve.
One investigator remained outside near the valet area. The other investigator was posed to ride the elevator with Larry to determine the specific room in which he was staying. (This is critical for us so we can obtain a room on the same floor.) In many establishments these days, you can not enter the elevator or floor without showing a room key.
But Larry did not take the elevator.
The investigator followed as Larry doubled back out through the front entrance of the hotel. He did not ask valet for his vehicle. Our other investigator was in his vehicle and positioned to follow. It was a good thing, as Larry was entered the back seat of a black sedan that appeared to be a Uber vehicle.
The chase was on.
The vehicle was followed through the streets of Huntington Beach and through the long stretch of Pacific Coast Highway. The vehicle signaled for a left-hand turn on Newport Coast Drive. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle turned left again into The Resort At Pelican. The second investigator had joined the chase, but since he had been inside at the other hotel, the first investigator went into the registration area. He then observed the subject registering.
Larry then gave his one bag to a bellman and proceeded outside to the pool (one of the best pools ever constructed, by the way). He appeared to be looking for someone, when a female was observed to come up from behind Larry and cup her hands over his eyes. He turned quickly around a gave the co-subject a long and passionate kiss.
This is where one might jokingly say, “Get a room.” They did just that – proceeding together hand-in-hand to one of the finer bungalows.
Our client was contacted and advised of our efforts. A photo of the embrace and a full body picture of the co-subject was emailed to the client. She did not recognized the co-subject.
Our client’s initial instinct was to fly into Orange County and confront her husband. We always advise not to do this. If the client decides not to heed our advice, we will never participate in a Cheaters-type confrontation. No good ever comes from this. Thankfully, she agreed to stay in Phoenix.
Later on Friday, the two emerged from their room and dined at the resort. They returned to their room at 10:08pm. They did not exit until 10:00am Saturday. They were picked up by a limousine service and were followed to Fashion Island (a very upscale shopping area in Newport Beach). Ironically, our corporate office is across the street from Fashion Island. Larry was observed buying clothes and jewelry for the co-subject at two different high-end retail stores. They were observed to have lunch and return to the resort.
The client advised she wanted us to return Sunday morning, to obtain additional footage of the pair entering and exiting the bungalow. We did. The client requested we send her the videos electronically, which we did. She is going to send them to her husband so when he goes “surfing” next on his computer he will find them.
Our client has an amazing sense of humor… and a great family law attorney.
Hope it was worth it Larry.
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