Recovery Stories

Lost+Found: Case A051 – Melbourne, Australia

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Recovered Laptop with Prey

  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Date Stolen: 19 July 2012
  • Date Recovered: 22 July 2012
  • Theft: Broken into house
  • Missing items: Macbook Pro “19 and partners Compaq (the latter not being installed with Prey)
  • Police reaction: Wow, did’t know this app existed!
  • Time it took for first report to arrive: 2 days
  • Once received, time it took for police to recover it: Warrant made and arested the guy (either thief of guy who bought from thief) within 12 hours!
  • Final thoughts: Happy as a pig in s**t!

Full story below:

I had actually forgotten that I installed Prey 10 months ago. I have my own business so couldn’t wait too long and bought a new device after 2 days. Then the reports started coming, absolutely thrilled! Forwarded a couple of them to the police. The guy was on Facebook so could see him logging in with his username (e-mail address), and once he was logged into FB I could see his name! Police couldn’t believe it! They loved it. Next morning he was arrested. He had my partners (old but still) laptop as well so two birds with one stone:) Love your work guys!

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