PC phones home: Cops trying to ID man photographed by stolen laptop – AL.com

PCPHONESHOME.PNGAuthorities are trying to ID a man photographed by a stolen laptop. 

A possible thief unwittingly sent a picture of himself to his victim, and now lawmen want to put a name with the face.

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday responded to two separate burglaries in the area of the 200 block of Maple Way in Center Point. In both cases, said Chief Deputy Randy Christian, someone forced entry into the home and took electronics.

On one of the stolen laptops is a feature that uses a built in web cam to take a photo of anyone who tries to access the computer without the proper password. The photo is then sent to the owner’s cell phone. The feature worked perfectly in this case, Christian said, and a photo of the person trying to use the stolen laptop was received.

Deputies are attempting to identify and locate the man shown in the photograph to determine what, if any, role he played in the burglaries and the theft of the laptop.

“We love any technology that helps us catch the bad guys. I’m sure someone will recognize him and help us locate him,” Christian said. “I admire his concentration in this picture, but I don’t think he is trying to figure out how to get this laptop back to the owner.”

Anyone who has information about this case is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.


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