North Seattle man tracks down stolen laptop with photo app


SEATTLE -  A man says he used an app to track down the people who stole his laptops.

Justin Almedia told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News that the people that took his laptops were sending him pictures for days, and they didn’t know. He then called Seattle Police Department detectives.

Almedia tracked down the person he believes broke into, ransacked and burglarized his North Seattle home, where jewelry and electronics were stolen.

When KIRO 7 was at Almedia’s home Thursday evening, he was on the phone with a surprised person, whom he believes stole his items.

“How do you think I hunted you down?” said Almedia to the burglary suspect. “I do know you’re the one who sold my stolen laptop, so have fun talking to the police.”

Almedia downloaded a photo app for his wife’s laptop, which was stolen.

“If anything, (it) was plugged into her computer that contained photos. Those photos would automatically upload to Dropbox,” he said.

Almedia started getting loads of photographs from whomever took his laptops. There were more than 700 photos.

“So I started perusing theses photos for contact information. Who is this person that has our laptop?” said Almedia.

He said he found the person after finding pictures with names attached and found her on Facebook. He said the woman with the laptop gave Almedia the number of the man who sold it. Almedia then called detectives with the Seattle Police Department.

“I mean, there’s a sense of vulnerability and a sense of brokenness that comes with that. My wife and I, we haven’t been able to sleep,” Almedia said.

Detectives are looking for the people Almedia identified.

The woman with one of Almedia’s laptops agreed to return it.