Apple employee helps catch thief

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  1. confucious626 macrumors newbie

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    Apple employee helps catch thief

    SAN DIMAS - A man is in police custody today after he tried to register a stolen laptop under his name at the Apple store in Pasadena.

    Glendale resident Diesel Cisneros, 25, is being charged with receiving stolen property, said San Dimas Sheriff's Sgt. Dave Barker.

    San Dimas sheriff's received a report of a vehicle that was broken into at the Via Verde Country Club in San Dimas on Tuesday. An Apple computer and a wrist watch were stolen from the vehicle between 1 and 5:30 p.m., Barker said.

    The victim received a call the next day by an Apple employee, telling her that Cisneros made an appointment for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday to change the passwords on the computer.

    The victim then told the employee that her computer was stolen just one day before, and then contacted the police.

    "We went out to the Apple store and arrested him," Barker said. "He was also wearing the wrist watch."
     
  2. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

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    Not exactly on the level of Darwin-Award worthy, but man is that guy dumb. He should be nicknamed "Dum Dum Diesel". :p
     
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  4. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    well, they say that 98% of criminals are idiots and this guy proves it.

    also proves it's good to have a p/wrd on your system. i wonder if the owner had the software the takes intermittent photos and emails them (forget the name). if i ever get a lappie, i'll have that s/w in a heartbeat :)

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  5. Southern macrumors regular

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    Woah...

    San Dimas?

    EXCELLENT!
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  6. mac-er macrumors 65816

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    And, honestly, most victims, too. Why would you leave your computer and watch out where someone would take it?

    Crime is all about opportunity.

    Lock it in the trunk people!
     
  7. mac 2005 macrumors 6502a

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    This is good news. Would be cool if Apple could somehow automate this system so that you could report your laptop stolen; when the thief uses it on the internet, the device locks and is inoperable by the thief.
     
  8. IDANNY macrumors 6502a

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    good news, lucky that the guy was an idiot. Its not exactly rocket science to reset the password.
     
  9. maestrocasa macrumors regular

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    does anyone know the name of that software? sounds pretty cool! (especially if it could somehow be coupled with a GPS locator that tagged the photos!)

    I took a page from another returned, stolen laptop story, and my password hint is "reward if found, call xxx-xxx-xxxx" at least that way if someone finds it, they can find me.
     
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    San Dimas High School football rules!!

    I usually end presentations and briefings w/ that...
     
  12. Aperture macrumors 68000

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    It is called Undercover. It does a lot more than just send pictures, too.

    No, iAlert just sends you one picture if it detects movement. Undercover will continually check a database to see if your computer is stolen (every time it is online). If it is, it sends its IP address and a picture every few minutes to help the police track it down. Read more at the linked site.

    Undercover kind of does this as a last resort.
     
  13. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    I was thinking or WILDE STALLIONS DUDE ;)
     
  14. william sire macrumors regular

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    You don't want the device to lock and become inoperable, being operable is what allowed the thief to be caught so easily. What you want is all of your files to be locked with an encrypted code. That way the thief can be caught but you files cannot be seen.
     

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