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Hate snoops? You won't when they're working on your side. These three guys pride themselves on being called busybodies when it comes to discovering the truth.

By April Y. Pennington

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A major concern for every business is the potential forloss--loss of money, loss of equipment, loss of valuable assets.The problem is so prevalent that it's an anticipated aspect ofany industry; in fact, more than $400 billion is lost annually toboth internal theft and external crime. Well, John Dolezal andMartin Mittelstadt, both 31, and Brian Dixon, 21, have proven youdon't have to take that loss sitting down. Their Casper,Wyoming-based business, Assets Protection & InvestigationInc., was founded to help companies improve their bottom linesby increasing profits and decreasing losses due to stock shortagesand employee dishonesty.

The seeds for the company were planted after Mittelstadtrecruited Dolezal to work in the loss prevention department of thelocal Target. The two soon decided to take their knowledge and helpout small businesses by founding Shurlock Investigations &Security Services in 1993. After some restructuring and theaddition of partner Dixon, they renamed the company AssetsProtection & Investigation in 1999.

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