Laptop Thief Goes Viral, Gets Busted

Normally when a thief rips off a laptop the case is closed—the computer disappears forever, or there’s an unlikely fluke and the crook slips up and gets caught by police. There’s an even more bizarre twist, however, when the victim is computer-savvy enough to bust the criminal himself.

Mark Bao, a student at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. left his computer in his dorm lounge unattended for approximately 20 minutes and returned to find it missing. Needing the machine for day-to-day schoolwork, he decided it was gone forever and purchased a new one. Fortunately, all of the files on the laptop were automatically backed up to a Web-based server.

As he paged through the files, he noticed some bizarre videos that had been recently recorded; humiliating videos of the thief dancing. Wondering how he could find the crook based on the information he had, Bao turned to Twitter.

“I was kind of live tweeting this whole thing, ‘I’ve got to find out who stole this laptop,’ and I was like, ‘I found this video, should I post them?’ And everyone was like, ‘Yes, please post them,'” Bao said.

Bao posted the video (below) and it went viral. Currently it has 1.3 million views; but only one really matters: the thief himself. The criminal turned the computer into police and remorsefully Facebook messaged Bao asking if he would remove the video.

“He wants me to take it down, but I think it’s adequate punishment,” Bao said. “I’m not planning on taking it down anytime soon.”

When all is said and done, the video’s title says it all: “Don’t steal computers belonging to people who know how to use computers”.

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(Via Geekologie and 14wfie) / (Image by James Halliday, licensed under Creative Commons)

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