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Customer support call leads to arrest in laptop theft

Posted Apr 9, 2014 12:05 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A call to Apple’s customer service department resulted in burglary charges against a New Hampshire man.

Police made the arrest after the computer’s original owner, Mike Witonis of Dover, got an email from Apple thanking him for contacting customer support, WMUR reports. Witonis said he didn't call Apple; the person who made the call supplied Apple with the laptop’s serial number.

Police traced the customer call, leading to the arrest of Casey Wentworth, 24, of Portsmouth on Monday, the story says. He is charged with burglary.

"It was sort of shocking," Witonis said. "I guess luck was on our side that the guy who took it didn't try to get rid of it, which was sort of strange. Then, all of a sudden, he decides in his infinite wisdom, 'Well, I'll just call Apple and see if they can help me unlock this thing.' "

Foster’s Daily Democrat, the Associated Press and Seacoastonline also have stories. The stories differ on whether the burglary occurred in 2012 or 2013.

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