Spokane man finds stolen computer years later in Arizona

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by Jenica Villamor & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 20 at 9:29 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane man tracked down his stolen property two years later and it was thousands of miles away.

Crooks broke into Dustin Tom’s apartment on Spokane’s Lower South Hill in May 2012.  The crooks stole Toms’ social security card and birth certificate then racked up thousands of dollars in credit card debt.  In all, Toms and his roommate lost about $10,000 worth of property.

Unexpectedly, Toms received a call in June from a person asking him for his laptop password.  The person had purchased the Macbook at a Phoenix, Arizona pawnshop.  The buyer tracked down Toms because many of his documents were still saved on the laptop.

Toms sent his computer serial number and his original police report in Spokane to Phoenix Police.

He then worked with the pawnshop to get the laptop back without pressing charges against the person who stole it.

"That would have turned into a two-year process. And it just wouldn't be worth it. The legal fees would add up,” said Toms.

Spokane Police said this story stressed the importance of keeping track of serial numbers on your property.
 

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