Alameda Man Caught With Stolen Laptop Charged With Felony

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A man who was caught with a stolen laptop computer that was tracked with security software was charged Thursday with felony possession of stolen property, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

Muthanna Aldebashi, 27, a taxi driver who lives in Alameda, is scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court on Friday.

Oakland police said Aldebashi was arrested on Tuesday after a laptop that was stolen from Joshua Kaufman’s North Oakland apartment on March 21 was found at Aldebashi’s home.

Kaufman, 35, had previously installed security software on his Apple MacBook and activated the software after his laptop was taken.

The software allowed Kaufman to track his computer’s movements and take photographs of Aldebashi, according to police.

The laptop was returned to Kaufman on Wednesday.

Kaufman was unavailable for comment Thursday.

Kaufman posted a joyous message on his blog, which is entitled “This Guy Has My Macbook,” after Aldebashi was arrested on Tuesday.

He wrote, “An Oakland police officer just called me to let me know that they arrested the guy in my photos! BOOYA!”

Kaufman added, “Nice work OPD,” referring to the Oakland Police Department.

Aldebashi is being held at the Glenn Dyer Jail in Oakland in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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