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Absolute Recovers Laptop After Flight Attendant Loses It En Route

By: Absolute Team | 3/12/2009

A flight attendant placed her laptop on her seat while she welcomed oncoming passengers of a soon-to-be-departing plane. When she returned to her seat 20 minutes later, the laptop was gone. With several passengers entering, along with a number of contractors onboard to prepare the plane for departure, identifying the culprit seemed hopeless. Despite several checks with the airport's lost and found, her computer could not be located. Luckily, the laptop was equipped with LoJack for Laptops, so the flight attendant turned to Absolute for help.

The Absolute Recovery Team was able to quickly provide area police with information on laptop's unauthorized user. Police were then able to positively match this name with that of a contractor employee who had been working at the same airport and had serviced the plane from which the laptop was stolen. Through the course of the investigation, the employee could not be reached as she was home on sick leave.  While home, however, she continued to use the stolen laptop, providing Absolute and police with additional evidence.

When the employee finally returned to work, police questioned her on the laptop's disappearance. When confronted with the evidence Absolute had provided, she made full admission to the laptop theft. After handing the computer over to police, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. The contractor was promptly fired from her position at the airport, and the flight attendant has happily reclaimed her laptop.

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Please note that indictments and criminal complaints are merely unproven accusations and the accused, in all cases, are presumed innocent until proven guilty.