Dan Baldwin 2014-04-01 00:22:32
Living the Dream New times and technologies still require old fashioned, tried-and-true investigative methods, says Dorian Bond of Bond Investigations, a professionally licensed private detective agency that’s been serving Maricopa and Pinal counties, the United States and foreign markets since 2003. Based in Queen Creek, Bond Investigations services include process service, discreet surveillance, missing person searches, background checks and attorney litigation support. Bond employs a bilingual staff of licensed investigators. “After finding the right handful of people I take pride in ensuring that each member of my team is trained in their field,” Bond says. Senior investigator Laura Diaz has worked with Bond for several years and knows how to tailor Bond Investigations’ services to each client’s needs One of the major factors that separates Bond Investigations from many other firms is Bond’s approach. “Unlike many firms today, we aren’t afraid to take the old-fashioned, gumshoe approach,” Bond said. Although his investigations employ the latest technology, he and his staff are committed to the proven techniques of following leads on foot, knocking on doors, and getting one-on-one interviews with witnesses. Bond credits that back-to-the-basics approach to an event that jumpstarted his career as a private investigator. He was in his early 20s when he began working in security for a Wal-Mart store in Chicago. “We were catching shoplifters and chasing people through the parking lots,” he said, looking back on his early career. By the age of 23 he had become responsible for investigating shrinkage control, organized retail theft and internal employee theft in a two-state area covering more than 16 multimillion dollar stores. He began working a case in Minnesota in which he uncovered that a former store manager was stealing computer modems and receipt tapes and then reprinting the receipts over and over and he was doing this throughout the Midwest to the tune of several million dollars. Bond contacted the home office and then learned that the Secret Service, was already working the case, but that they didn’t know how the former manager was pulling off the crimes and obtaining massive amounts of credits to his credit card. Using gumshoe tactics, Bond and his employees Wyatt Quam, Andrew Harden and a team of corporate investigators tracked the man through stores across several states. They had him on videotape committing the crimes. The Secret Service was able to arrest the thief thanks in large part to Bond’s investigative approach. While at dinner, the evening of the bust, one of the Secret Service agents said that Bond should form his own private investigation firm. Shortly thereafter Bond moved to Arizona. Bond started out working for a number of firms “chasing cheating husbands and wives” before becoming involved with a company named ASI and handling insurance investigations. He worked for them for a few years and eventually formed Bond Investigations in January 2003. A few years later he bought ASI from the former owner. The approach that helped him make the Wal-Mart case a success is the approach he takes in his current efforts. Computer and Internet research, telephone calls and other hands-off methods can be effective, but nothing replaces the old-fashioned ways of investigating a case, such as on-location surveillance and in-person contact. “These are the lengths Bond Investigations are willing to go for a client. That extra in-person perspective really works,” Bond says. Although Bond is based in Arizona and he plans to stay in Arizona, his business has global reach and he plans on continuing to build his international business and business connections. The subsidiary, Bond Investigations International, was formed in 2014. He recently flew to Dubai to meet with attorneys who need services in the United States. He is also working with law firms and large corporations in the United Arab Emirates to vet attorneys, research firms and corporations being considered for merger, and locating witnesses and former UAE residents. Bond is investing considerable time to develop strong ties to businesses in the international marketplace. “It is important to these firms that they know the people and firms they hire. They require a thorough background check. They can’t just go through the Yellow Pages and pick the first lawyer or investigator they see,” he says. Bond says that he never had a sudden realization that he wanted to be a private investigator, but he can see how the career evolved throughout his life. “My mother is very practical and taught me how to research and complete the steps necessary to obtain my goals. My father is a dreamer, he showed me that I should reach high and believe I could do whatever I wanted. I combine the two elements. If there was ever something I wanted to do, there was never a question that I’d do it.” The real world was balanced by an interest in the world of fiction, which did involve solving crimes. “I grew up as a huge “CHIPS” fan,” he says. “CHIPS” was a ‘70s network television program about two California highway patrolmen. During his investigations for Wal-Mart, he invested much of his extensive travel time between stores to listening to audiobooks, especially the novels of Stuart Woods. The main character in those novels, Stone Barrington, was an attorney and private investigator who traveled around the country investigating crimes and legal cases. “That really inspired me to follow my dreams,” Bond says. “I laugh at people who say Wal-Mart is a dead end job,” Bond says. “I started out as a temporary associate stocking toothpaste on a shelf at the store during its construction to being the best cart pusher, to catching shoplifters, assisting the Secret Service with a million dollar bust to flying to Dubai representing my own investigating firm. I applied the hard work ethic learned at Wal-Mart to what my parents instilled in me and took control of my future.” Bond is now doing just that. For example, one of his clients was unsuccessful in getting some much-needed information from someone living in Australia. Bond took his gumshoe approach and flew to Australia, tracked down the witness, got a telephone interview set up with attorney Daniel Raynak. After the interview Raynak decided that bringing the Australian witness back to the United States to testify in the trial was vital. Bond made it happen, and can tell you a few interesting stories of securing that witness for trial. That witness was pivotal in assisting Raynak in getting an acquittal for his client. When asked about role models or mentors, Bond immediately mentions Phoenix-based attorney Daniel Raynak. “I work with one of the best attorneys in Arizona,” he said. “I feed off his desire to help someone and to see that justice is done whether or not the client has money.” Working in Raynak’s building with all of the attorneys there has inspired Bond to show that lawyers really do care. He is currently working pro bono case with Raynak that has perked the interest of Erin Morarity of “48 Hours Mystery” and “60 Minutes” fame. “It’s a long process but I am confident in our client’s innocence of the murder and that we will one day expose the truth,” says Bond. Bond has become a role model himself. Not only is he a single father of an 8-year-old daughter named Emi, he has volunteered as a junior varsity coach for the past six years at Queen Creek and Combs High Schools. He is also currently volunteering in the same capacity at Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valley. He says, “I remember when I was a kid going out for football, I didn’t even know how to put on my pads. I had my knee pads on upside-down.” Just as someone mentored him through those days, Bond mentors young people today. “I especially like mentoring kids who never played before – getting them off to a good start and watching them grow over the years.” It’s a good balance to the horrible cases he works and seeing the good in young people. Bond says the hard work, long hours, extensive travel and his gumshoe approach has paid off and paid off well. “I’m doing everything I’ve always wanted to do thanks to the enormous help of the love of my life for the past three years, Bobijo. I love traveling, investigating new cases, seeing new things, meeting new interesting people. I’m living my dream,” he says.
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