IT | Security

Absolute Recovers Laptop From 'Clever' Thief

By: Absolute Team | 2/11/2009

Absolute recently received a theft report from a salesman, who claimed that his Computrace-equipped company laptop had been stolen from his vehicle. The laptop logged onto the Internet soon after, allowing the Absolute Team to extract information on the computer's unauthorized user and location. As Absolute continued to piece together details, the user's profile became increasingly familiar.

Once Absolute had recovered enough information to identify a key suspect and the laptop's believed locale, they handed information over to police to perform the physical recovery of the machine. Police visited the provided address, where the salesman answered the door, company laptop in hand.

After stealing the laptop himself, the salesman reported the theft to Absolute and authorities in a feeble attempt to mislead police and direct attention elsewhere. Unfortunately, neither Computrace nor the local PD was fooled by the 'clever' ploy. When confronted by authorities, the salesman claimed that he assumed that the laptop had been stolen upon the time of reporting, but found it soon after. Police were not convinced by his story, particularly as the man failed to inform his company, Absolute, or authorities of this find, and continued to use the laptop for several days after he had supposedly discovered it. The salesman was arrested at the scene and has since been charged, and was terminated from his company. With Absolute's help, the laptop has been returned to its rightful owner.

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