Technology used to recover stolen laptop

12 March 2013

Metropolitan Police Service

A burglary victim has been reunited with her stolen laptop after a member of police staff in Sutton found the precise street address where her computer was being used.

The female victim from North London told police on Monday 11th March that she was able to use her Apple iphone to track her Apple Mac laptop to Onslow Gardens, Wallington. She was even able to give police the Christian name of the person logging on to her computer.

"The victim was surprised and delighted with the result"

A member of the communications staff, who works in the control room at Sutton Police Station, checked the police systems to find a man with that Christian name living at an address in that street.

Officers went to the address and arranged for the victim to send a sound to the computer to confirm this was the stolen laptop.

A man, aged 30, was promptly arrested at the address for handling stolen goods. He admitted purchasing the laptop knowing or believing it to be stolen and was cautioned for handling stolen goods. “The victim was surprised and delighted with the result,” said the member of police staff.

The woman had been burgled at her home in Highbury Hill, N5, on 1st March. The laptop will be returned to the victim.