Man's Photo Taken on Stolen Laptop, Cops Searching

The computer had anti-theft software installed on it

Thursday, Oct 27, 2011  |  Updated 8:59 PM EDT
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Man Accidentally Takes Own Photo on Stolen Laptop

NYPD

This person had his photo taken on a stolen laptop when the anti-theft program installed on it activated

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Police investigating the theft of a laptop from a Queens apartment building say a person of interest helpfully sent along his own picture to investigators through anti-theft software installed on the computer.

The burglary happened sometime during the day last Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Elmhurst, according to police. The intruder forced open the side door of a two-family home in the area of 83rd Street, and took assorted jewelry along with the laptop from the second-floor apartment.

Someone turned on the laptop last Thursday, and his photo was captured by an anti-theft program called Prey Control Panel.

It wasn't clear if the person pictured was the actual burglar, but police were looking to speak to him. Anyone with information is asked to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Earlier this month, police were able to catch a thief when the iPhone he allegedly stole from a woman in Jamaica, Queens, snapped a clear photo of him. The phone had a security application designed to catch thieves.

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