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Cheating spouses, look out for the P.I.
By Greg Hardesty
Valentines Day is the opportunity to catch lovers in the act of illicit romance.
For some lovers this Valentine’s Day, Cupid’s arrow may end up more like a dagger – straight to the heart.
Taking advantage of a day devoted to romance – including the illicit kind -suspicious spouses often turn to private investigators in the hopes of catching mates in the act as they ply paramours with chocolates and champagne.
Love may be grand, but sometimes around Feb. 14 it also can be downright ugly.
And certainly busy if you’re an Orange County private investigator- business skyrockets about 40 percent this time of the year.
“On Monday morning, I’m going to have 10 to 12 women in my office – and they’ll all be heading to divorce court,” said Thomas G. Martin, an Anaheim investigator who estimates he has overseen about 30,000 stakeouts of cheating lovers in his 22-year career.
This year a client has hired Martin to track a husband who left on a business trip Wednesday and returns to Orange County on Saturday, conveniently after Feb. 14.
In four other cases, Martin’s detectives will be in Las Vegas this weekend, hoping to catch spouses with their lovers on video or still camera.
Martin’s surveillance experts – employees in nondescript, gray cars with tinted windows – have been booked solid for two weeks in anticipation of the big day. Hotels, especially those near airports, will be hotspots for undercover surveillance.
“I think the person fooling around just gets more careless,” said Dr. David Stoop, a psychologist and marriage therapist in Newport Beach.