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Laptop cam leads police to alleged crook

Published August 29, 2012 8:25 pm

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A West Jordan man unwittingly led police straight to him after a laptop computer reported to be stolen snapped a photo of him using it.

According to an arrest warrant filed in 3rd District Court, the computer was equipped with a program that would take a picture of its user and use GPS data to provide its location after being reported stolen. The information led police to a West Valley City home, where the home's owner identified the suspect with the help of the laptop's photo.

The 21-year-old man is charged with one count of theft by receiving stolen property, a class-A misdemeanor. While police allege that the man should have known the computer was stolen, court records do not indicate who actually stole it.