Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators used tracking software to recover a laptop stolen from an employee of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, according to arrest and incident reports.
The computer, listed as a business laptop on a Sheriff’s Office incident report, was reported stolen on Aug. 26 during the burglary of a vehicle in a parking lot in the 6100 block of the West Bank Expressway in Marrero. The victim, who told deputies that she is a DCFS employee, also reported her purse stolen.
Using tracking software installed on the laptop, authorities discovered the laptop had been used to access the Internet on Sept. 6. The software provided GPS coordinates that identified the computer’s location as being near Red Cedar Lane and Sue Ker Drive in Harvey, the arrest report said.
From there, investigators collected the personal information used to log in to social media websites and identified a possible user by the name of Byron Gilmore, 20, of Harvey, the arrest report said.
A detective obtained a warrant for Gilmore’s home, 3716 Red Cedar Lane, Harvey, and searched the residence on Friday (Sept. 11). There, they found the stolen laptop computer hidden under clothes in Gilmore’s bedroom closet, the report said.
The serial number on the laptop found at Gilmore’s home matched that of the computer reported stolen in the burglary.
During questioning, Gilmore told authorities he bought the laptop for $60 from a person he said he could not identify, the report said.
Gilmore was booked Friday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna with possession of stolen property. He was released the next day on a $3,500 bond.
Gilmore was not booked with the vehicle burglary.
The laptop was password protected, but Gilmore found a way to bypass the security measure and use the computer. It’s not clear whether any private client information was stored on the laptop or if that information had been compromised.