IT | Security

Thieves Lie - Computrace Doesn't

By: Absolute Team | 3/31/2009

A laptop equipped with Computrace began calling into the Absolute Monitoring Center just one day after it was stolen from a school computer lab. The Absolute Theft Recovery Team was then able to extract information on the laptop's unauthorized user - enough details for police to identify a residence and visit the user's home. Let the lies begin.

When police first visited the residence, the user's roommate denied that the user lived there. Nope. The officer called the residence the next day and was able to speak to the user directly. She reluctantly agreed to meet up with the officer, after he expressed the serious nature of the call.

The two met, and when the officer first asked the user how she obtained the laptop, she claimed to have purchased it from a friend five years ago. Wrong. The laptop had been stolen from the school just weeks prior and was not even five years old.

When the officer questioned this initial story, the user suddenly became fuzzy on the details. Maybe she had purchased the laptop from the friend just a year and a half prior? No - that story didn't work either. The school was still in possession of the laptop at that time. Try again.

Her story slowly adjusted, with several more stabs at an appropriate purchase time. Eventually, after several failed attempts, the user reached a more probable explanation. Despite the transaction seeming suspicious, she had traded some of her jewelry for the stolen laptop. Bingo - that's the one.

Police continue to work with the user to identify the thief who passed it on. The laptop has been returned to the school and charges are pending.

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