How to retain a private investigator to track down phone number?
May 6, 2011 8:59 AM Subscribe
My dad's car was stolen last night with his phone inside. I have a record of messages and calls made from the phone after it was lost. Police report was filed, but can a private detective help? Recommendation for one in Oakland, CA? Cost and prior experience in retaining one appreciated.
posted by anonymous to law & government (3 answers total)
My parents parked their car in a sketchy neighborhood of Oakland; and it was stolen. The car was old, KBB value about $3-4k; but the fact that this happened before irks me. Inside was my dad's cellphone, which share the same account with mine. I called T-mobile to see if they can use E911 GPS on the phone to trace its location; they claimed they can't. I then downloaded a record of text-messages and incoming/outgoing call made on the phone since last night. These numbers are not familiar; they stand out because my dad very rarely use his phone, and he doesn't text. I've send him the information, and hopefully he will update the police on it.
So, my questions are: is it helpful to retain a private investigator in this situation? Can a PI locate the people whose number I have, then drive by those addresses for a brief look, and if possible, call the police (maybe 4-8hrs worth of work)? How to retain one, and how much does their services cost? I know that Oakland police probably have higher priority tasks on their hand; and living far away from my parents, I'm feel more anxious and disadvantaged in aiding my parents; but I do try to help as best I can.
Thank you for your advice.