IT | Security

Employee’s Staged Theft Foiled by Absolute

By: Absolute Team | 7/10/2009

In an apparent break and enter, an employee of a Computrace customer alleged his company laptop was stolen from his home. The company reported the theft to Absolute, who, within days, had identified the laptop’s new user. Using this identification, police probed the user for further details.

The user explained that he had purchased the laptop from “some guy” in the park over one month prior. When asked to describe Mr. “some guy”, the user painted a surprising – and rather familiar - picture. To reconfirm this familiarity, police presented the user with a photo line up of potential “some guys”. Just as police had begun to suspect, the user easily identified a picture of the ‘victim’ employee. The investigation shifted to the supposed victim, where additional details began to unfold.

In a flawed attempt to earn a few extra dollars, the employee had hastily sold his company computer. As the weeks passed, however, he became increasingly nervous of being discovered, and so staged a home burglary to account for the missing machine. Needless to say, neither police nor the company was impressed with the bogus break-in, and so charges - and a pink slip- followed.

The laptop has since been returned to the company.

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