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Saturday, October 30, 2010


Laptops Stolen From School Slowly Being Recovered

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― For the past two months, a local detective has been tracking down computer thieves that stole 62 laptops from a school district. According to the detective, the computers had a form of a tracking device installed on them. So, as the thieves played on their new found stolen computers, cops were watching every click and every keystroke. 

On August 17, someone stole 62 laptops, valued at more than $100,000, from Dry Creek Elementary School, according to police. 

There was no sign of a break-in, and authorities believe that the suspect may have had some kind of inside information. 

Detective Steven Emert was assigned to the case, and had help from the representatives from Absolute Software to track down the suspects. 

"It gives us the ability to locate the computer, identify the user of the computer, and identify what the computer is being used for," says Jerry Hasser, Absolute Software Representative. 

Together, Detective Emert and Absolute Representatives were able to track down Alan Sutton of Sacramento, and allegedly found him with 12 of the schools computers. They also tracked computers from Sacramento to San Pablo, and Las Vegas to Arizona. They even retrieved one from a Beale Airman who had bought one stolen. 

Detective Emert says the airman was shaking in his boots at the possibility of being arrested, and getting kicked out of the military. 

"He was just totally scared, saying 'please take it, please take it'," said Detective Emert. 

Authorities took the laptop without arresting the airman, who was in enough trouble with the military. 

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