Albany firefighter's stolen computer led to burglars

ALBANY -- Stolen on Monday in Lee County, a wired-up laptop computer led to a burglary ring in Albany Wednesday.

Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies followed a tracking signal right to the computer and more loot.

"My wife had the LoJack put in the computer when we got it," Albany Fire Department arson investigator Sam Harris said Thursday. "They broke in the house Monday and stole it. It was recovered, along with my power washer, jewelry, a video camcorder."

Investigators with the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, the Lee Sheriff's office and the Albany Police Department served search warrants at 509 Baldwin Drive at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Officers seized flat-screen televisions, jewelry, guns, electronics, Harris' tell-tale computer and more with an estimated value from $10,000 to $60,000, according to the Albany Police Department.

"We have taken the lead on the Baldwin Drive case and are working jointly with the Lee County Sheriff's Office," an APD spokesperson said Thursday

Sorting through the stolen goods, police and sheriff's deputies have found a trove of loot from at least two other counties, Webster and Terrell, Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals said.

More than six people were placed in custody when warrants were served. One man has been charged, but because the investigation is ongoing and widening, his name was not released.

"I think it was a great job my deputies did," Rachals said. "The case is still under investigation, and we have to assist all the other agencies involved."


Moe 3 years, 6 months ago

Good job, Sam Harris!! You are a credit to your Department.

Maybe the Albany Police Department (AKA "The Incompetent Police Stepshow") can put Lo-Jack on those cars, guns and badges they lose from time to time along with the confidential documents they dump in the trash can behind their office.


Martian 3 years, 6 months ago

Hurray! Chalk one up for the good guys, thanks to the LoJack tracking software and the firefighter's willingness to use it.

There's also a free tracking service called Prey:


You can track up to three devices for free. More for a fee.

Get some type of tracking software now. Help send burglars to prison.

By the way, my new iPod Touch has a built in tracking feature which can be activated. It's not active by default. Probably iPhones and iPads have the same feature. I checked the location of my iPod and the information was accurate to within a city block.

Use every technical resource you can - especially if they're already built in to your devices - to deliver a blow for law-abiding, productive, peaceful citizens.


Martian 3 years, 6 months ago

Here is the homepage address for the prey project:


The address I gave earlier is what pops up on my computer because of good cookies, etc. It's where I would go to track my devices.

Now I learn that it was the arson investigator's wife who had the wisdom to have LoJack installed. Hats off to her!!!

By the way, the Herald article described it as a "wired up" laptop computer. I think LoJack for computers is software that anyone can buy and installed, not some type of device that has to be "wired up."


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