January 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Police catch alleged thieves using tracking software
Seattle police were able to locate two suspected thieves using tracking software installed on a computer that was stolen.
The investigation began when police received a report of a burglary in which $4,000 worth of items were taken from a home on the 1400 block of 35th Avenue sometime between Friday night and 1 a.m. Saturday. One of the stolen items was an Apple Mac Book laptop, which had tracking software installed.
With the help of the burglary victim, police used the software to track the computer to a room in a Best Western hotel downtown, they said.
Police said they took the suspects, a 21-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, into custody peacefully. In addition to the computer, officers also found an e-reader and a stolen jacket inside the hotel room. One of the suspects also had close to $2,000 in cash.
The suspects were booked into the King County Jail.
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