Warsaw, Ontario resident Ben Ferrill has a stalker, and there is nothing Ontario Provincial Police can do to help him.
"I was doing just a regular inspection on my truck and I found this black box under my truck ... with flashing lights inside," Ben Ferrill of Warsaw, Ont., told Go Public. "I didn't know what it was. I didn't know if it was a bomb. We were scared to death ... It felt like a movie - unreal."
The man is obviously distraught, living in fear of who might be following him and what their intention may be. All Ferrill & his lawyer have to go on is suspicion, but the back story could point to an answer.
Ferrill was a mechanic at Holiday Ford
in Peterborough, when he injured his shoulder at work and went on disability leave. On his return to work, he was fired for allegedly stealing a jug of windshield washer fluid. A W.S.I.B. investigation found that the mechanic had been fired because of his injury and are pursuing legal action. Likewise, Ferrill has filed a wrongful dismissal suit against the dealership. In the video after the jump, it can be seen that Ferrill owns a landscaping company. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch for dealership staff to be convinced that the man's injuries were overstated.
GPS tracking units are routinely used by fleet companies to keep tabs on their vehicles, or to locate them in the event of a theft. This particular unit was activated by a Toronto based company acting as an agent for a US company. Kore Wireless simply activated the unit for use in Canada, but the device was sold by U.S. Fleet Tracking who has a strict policy against revealing their client's information. They go so far as to post the following on their website:
"U.S. Fleet Tracking will not under any circumstance make your information or any data specific to your vehicle tracking account available to any third party - including local, state or federal law enforcement authorities ... Even if presented with a court order, we promise to fight the courts to keep this information private and respect the privacy of our paying customers,"
Not surprisingly, this means that Canadian officials stand no chance of obtaining any information about who placed this unit on Ferrill's truck or who bought the unit. The OPP have closed their investigation.
What do you think? Was Ferrill's previous employer keeping tabs on his movements? Watch the CBC report after the break
and then chime in with your comments.