IT | Security

Absolute Nabs Classmate Who “Found” Laptop

By: Absolute Team | 7/17/2009

A few minutes was all it took: a New Jersey student set his belongings down outside of a study hall while he left to answer a call, returning to find that his laptop was missing.  Luckily, the student had installed Computrace LoJack for Laptops upon purchasing his computer and could do something about the theft.

The student reported the theft to police and Absolute that day – spurring the Absolute Theft Recovery Team to deploy the forensic tools necessary to trace the computer. It quickly became clear that the laptop was still on campus, and being used by a female user. It was also determined that the user was a classmate of the victim…perhaps making for an awkward semester…

Campus police questioned the identified user, who alleged to have “found” the laptop outside of said study hall. She said she was unaware that the computer belonged to her classmate, and claimed to have tirelessly attempted to find the owner (perhaps not too tirelessly as this statement was taken just days after the laptop went missing...). After failing to locate the owner, she assumed that the "finders keepers” theory applied. Police explained that she assumed wrong - and that “keepers” must face theft charges.

A happy student has since been reunited with his laptop.
 
Please note that indictments and criminal complaints are merely unproven accusations and the accused in all cases are presumed innocent until proven guilty