PBSO Deputy Patrick Burt Stalked His Ex With GPS, Police Say, and You Can Too | The Daily Pulp | South Florida | Broward Palm Beach New Times | The Leading Independent News Source in Broward-Palm Beach, Florida


PBSO Deputy Patrick Burt Stalked His Ex With GPS, Police Say, and You Can Too

Palm Beach Sheriff's Deputy Patrick Burt was arrested Monday and accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend by putting a GPS tracker on her car and hanging up signs at her workplace that call her current beau a "home wrecker and a cheater," according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Police say he was on duty in Wellington on Valentine's Day when he drove his patrol car to Boca Raton to hang up the signs, which he admitted to doing, along with the GPS.

But using high-tech tools to track somebody's whereabouts is an illegal activity available to more people than just creepy guys in police cars -- an Oakland Park-based company can make it happen for less than a thousand dollars.

SpyShops.com is on Oakland Park Boulevard and sells exactly what you'd expect something called "SpyShops" to sell. They've got cameras hidden inside alarm clocks, telephone voice changers -- and GPS trackers.

For $599, you can get a GPS tracker and long-life battery that "allows for constant tracking on a single charge for up to 1 month," according to their website. Another hundred bucks, plus a service contract, and you can extend that to three months.

Someone answering the phone at the business said that "I don't know what [customers] actually use them for" but that the trackers were good for tracking things like construction equipment, and once it's installed, you can see where the tracker is whenever you want so long as you have an internet connection. How romantic.

New Times on Facebook | Twitter 
The Pulp on Facebook | Twitter 
Rich Abdill on Facebook | Twitter | Email

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Rich Abdill

Latest Stories