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Busted by Tech! :-)

Two cases mentioned in the Los Angeles Times online edition should warn criminals that technology may soon “Take a BYTE out of CRIME!” :-)

In the first, 22-year-old Jose Miguel Ramirez of San Pedro used a stolen laptop to log onto Facebook on November 4. UNFORTUNATELY (for him), the laptop had “LoJack for Laptops” theft-recovery software installed on it, which enabled a monitoring company to gather his personal information and photo, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Ramirez allegedly stole the laptop, a SECOND laptop, and a Playstation 3 from a Rancho Palos Verdes home where he had worked as an unlicensed contractor.

Although Ramirez installed a new operating system, he failed to disable the tracking software. Ramirez is being held without bail because of a felony immigration hold by federal authorities, according to the Sheriff’s Department!

In a SECOND “busted by tech” incident, also in Los Angeles, police who were investigating an armed robbery found the alleged robber AND the stolen property using a “Find My Phone” app on the victim’s stolen iPhone!

The victim had been ROBBED AT GUNPOINT near Sierra Bonita and Rosewood Avenues and had her purse stolen and the iPhone with the tracking software. Officers used the app to locate the iPhone in the vicinity of 11th Street and Ardmore Avenue. Shortly thereafter, officers saw a man matching the victim’s description.

The man had an iPhone in his pocket, and dialing the victim’s number confirmed it was the victim’s phone! The suspect is a 34-year-old parolee from Chatsworth, Jason Topper. Further invesigation led police to a female associate, 21-year-old Dominique Taylor of Los Angeles. Police recovered the victim’s purse, its contents, and a replica firearm that matched the description of the gun used in the robbery.

The District Attorney’s Office filed robbery charges against Topper and charges of receiving stolen property againt Taylor.

I thought that, after THIS week, you deserved some GOOD news before Thanksgiving!

-Bill at

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