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Another MacBook Thief Gets Nabbed with Public Humiliation

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In March, 18-year-old Mark Bao tracked his MacBook Air after it had been stolen by someone on campus. But before he alerted the authorities to the crime, Bao decided to have a little fun. The young entrepreneur had remote access to the laptop via a security program called Backblaze, which allowed Bao to monitor all the computer activity the criminal was performing while in possession of the MacBook.

And by "computer activity," of course I mean "recording himself pop-locking in his kitchen."

Seized with this wondrous opportunity, Bao posted the dance audition to YouTube with the title "Don't steal computers belonging to people who know how to use computers." It has since topped 1.6 million views.

The story gained massive attention -- including many skeptics who thought it was a publicity stunt by Backblaze. Minyanville commenter "Brian Krenderlick" had some choice words for myself and Backblaze representative "Natasha R" below my coverage of the story. "You're a bunch of frauds and con artists," he told Natasha.

Luckily for Brian, he probably slept well after noticing the Bentley College Police Department's mug shot of the thief was posted on Lawrence, Massachusetts Police Department's website. What Brian couldn't assume was the perpetual gullibility of some thieves in believing they'll always get off scot-free.

And luckily for us, it happened again with another laptop thief.

Interaction designer Joshua Kaufman had his MacBook stolen from his Oakland, California apartment way back in March. Like Bao, Kaufman had security software installed on his device -- this time, it was an app called Hidden. Unlike Bao, Kaufman wasted no time in reporting the theft to the local authorities. But as it turns out, the Oakland police had more pressing matters at hand. Even though Kaufman had the exact whereabouts of his laptop, they chose not to pursue the case.


As Kaufman's laptop sat in the hands of the thief, Kaufman decided to get even. He started a Tumblr blog entitled This Guy Has My MacBook and began posting screenshots of the crook using the laptop. Since nobody can turn down records of thieves acting like dumbasses, the site went viral and pulled in immense traffic.

Once Kaufman mentioned the Oakland police were "biding their time" in pursuit of an arrestable offense, they seemed to spring into action.

Only took them two months!

Kaufman posted an update last night which read: "Thanks to the power of the Internet, I have the attention of the Oakland Police, who are tracking this guy down RIGHT NOW! Follow @jmk on Twitter for updates!"

One hour later, the guy was in cuffs. "ARRESTED! An Oakland police officer just called me to let me know that they arrested the guy in my photos! BOOYA! The police used my evidence (email which pointed to a cab service) that he was a driver and tricked him into picking them up. Nice work OPD!"

So as the cabbie gets booked and processed, enjoy photos of the unsuspecting thief in his last moments before being immortalized as a dumbass.

(See also: MacBook Thief Begs for Forgiveness After His Embarrassing Video Leaks)
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