Sunday, May 11, 2008

Victim of burglary uses remote connection to get her laptop back

The Journal News reports that: "A tech-savvy White Plains woman whose apartment was burglarized solved the crime herself after she was able to log on to her stolen laptop, photograph one of the suspects with it and get photos of another, police said."

The alleged burglars, Edmon Shahikian and Ian Frias, went online with the stolen laptop. One of the victims, who works at The Apple Store in The Westchester mall, went online with another computer

and used the "Back to My Mac" program to determine that her stolen MacIntosh laptop indeed was signed onto the Web and that someone was using it to shop online. She then activated the stolen computer's camera, allowing her to "see" what was in front of the laptop.
At first, police said, she saw only an empty chair. But a short time later, they said, she was able to photograph a man, Shahikian, sitting in front of her stolen laptop. The victim then was able to find photos of Frias using the computer after it had been stolen, police said.

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