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Many years ago a young man burglarized my home - took quite
a lot of cash.  I have since found clues who he is.
Police say case is too old.
    I don't know if I should do anything about this.
I'm thinking about checking his criminal background.
Checking on the guy.  I would want to be careful confronting
I want to be sure.
    If I could get other clues first.   Maybe he has a record.
What do you think I should do?

         Thanks          Dick


Law Enforcement generally wont work on older cases unless it has to do will a homicide and or missing persons type case. Unless there is significant evidence they wont place such a case as a high priority over other serious crimes in their current case load. If you can contact the same detective and or speak with a burglary detective you might find someone who has a stake in solving an older case.

The problem will come down to the type of evidence you can obtain which without knowing the specifics of the case will most likely be circumstantial evidence at best and the district attorney will most likely not press charges. If there is a possibility that the suspect still has tangible evidence at his residence and or on his person then you will have a shot. However, if the person stole cash, unless the serial numbers were documented in advance and if he still had the cash on him, it still would be hard to prove that he didn't obtain the money from a third party over a period of time. Police want convictions and without tangible evidence it is unlikely that any significant & tangible evidence exist.

A background check will not reveal anything tangible and confronting him is NEVER something you want to do... Especially, if you believe there may be tangible evidence still available.

If you can find accomplices and or associates who have knowledge of the crime who are willing to testify against the suspect, then you will have something tangible that Law Enforcement should seriously consider. So if you believe that his prosecution is worth the time and money needed to conduct a thorough investigation, then I suggest you hire an experienced private investigator in your area to start trying to identify accomplices and or associates that would be willing to testify. If you're not ready to do this, then let it go and move on.

I hope this was helpful to you...

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I enjoy answering questions relating to private & general investigations including but not limited to locates, skip tracing, surveillance, stalking, child custody, criminal defense, civil, corporate security/executive protection, workplace violence/threat assessments, personal security, security surveillance systems and GPS tracking/monitoring products & services. Specifically, I answer questions regarding state laws concerning private investigation practices, as well as the best practices & standard operating procedures used by most reputable private investigative firms. I can give you state & federal references when dealing with issues that may or may not be legal in your specific state. IE- Some states have laws which conflict with federal law such as California's "2 party law" for surreptitious audio recordings. I offer tips on how to identify the right investigative firm for your particular case and what type of questions that investigative firm should be asking you. QUICK TIP #1: NEVER hire a Private Investigative firm that is not concerned about providing you a written contract that specifically outlines the agreement and responsibilities of both parties!!! A written contract should be expected & demanded by both investigative firm and client 95% of the time. I have numerous resources and will point you in the right direction. Whether it is hiring an attorney, a specialist or offering tips on conducting LEGAL investigations & research yourself. I offer advise regarding the kind of info you can legally obtain, what's not legal for you to obtain and when you need to hire a professional to obtain the info on your behalf. Lastly, I have over 20 yrs of experience as a Security Professional/Consultant and 12+ yrs within the Investigative profession. As the 2009 President of a state Private Investigation Association, I have professional knowledge, experience & established resources that supply me with the most recent legislative issues & industry trends.


Corinthian Group experience includes but not limited to all areas of surveillance including Workers Compensation Insurance Fraud, Domestic Infidelity Cases, Computer Investigations & Forensics, Personal Injury & Automobile Liabilty, Loss Prevention, theft interviewing & interrogation techniques, Under Cover assignments, Stalking prevention & suppression, surveillance tactics & countermeasures and surveillance system & lighting consultation experience. Corinthian Group also has experience in security consultation & protective services to the corporate & private sector. These services include Bodyguard/Executive Protection, identity theft prevention, work place violence & volitale terminations, GPS tracking/monitoring services, TSCM/Debugging( Technical Surveillance Countermeasures) and security system products & diagramming experience.

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Elected as the Association President of PICA in 2009. PICA was an Association that focused on legislative bills that would have a negative impact on our profession if passed at the state level... PICA was a member oriented association that was positioning itselt to provide its members with resources to help them successful grow and or sustain their businesses. Awarded for presentation of GPS Tracking devices. Honored for service as the 2009 PICA President and the 2008 & 2007 PICA 2nd Vice President respectively.

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