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.