PULASKI, VA. -- They call it the Spy Mobile, a 35-foot camper where distributors for Spytech have packed in $100,000 worth of surveillance and counter-surveillance equipment.
There's nothing sneaky about the mobile showroom that opened 2 1/2 months ago in Pulaski. The firm name and telephone number are painted in large letters on the camper.
The bugs, bug sweepers, cameras hidden in smoke detectors and teddy bears, telephone and facsimile machine scramblers and sensitive listening devices inside are all legal.
But the distributors who opened the mobile showroom 2 1/2 months prefer not to ask their customers a lot of questions.
"We don't get into what they buy it for, that's pretty much up to them," Gordon Huff said.
"We don't have any control over how they're used," Morris Dawson said. "It's the responsibility of the customer to know if they're using the equipment in an illegal manner. We're not lawyers."
Dawson and Huff, both Pulaski residents, underwent two months of training in New York to become dealers in Spytech equipment after responding to a newspaper ad.
The company recently was organized and has offices in Manhattan's Empire State Building.
While their territory covers much of the East Coast, they plan to sell primarily within a 150-mile radius of Pulaski, including Roanoke, Lynchburg, Bristol, Greensboro, N.C., and Beckley, W.Va.
Huff said some of the people who buy Spytech equipment are those who suspect infidelity, employee theft, an employee on drugs, industrial espionage and babysitter abuses.
Parents with a feeling there's something just not right about a babysitter can buy a big, cuddly teddy bear for a child's room. The toy conceals a black and white camera less than half the size of a cigarette pack with monitor and videotape review. It goes for $1,200.
Then there's an $800 pinhole camera with a lens that can be mounted anywhere. It is easily connected to a monitor and videocassette recorder.
There also are counter-surveillance devices such as the body microphone buster, which emits a vibration to alert the wearer if someone in the room is wearing a bugging device.
Huff said they plan to stay in Pulaski for another month or so and then head south.
While business in the New River Valley is "picking up," he said, more things are happening in bigger cities. He wouldn't be more specific.