updated 03:50 pm EDT, Mon May 12, 2008
Thieves caught via Mac
Two thieves have been caught in White Plains, New York as a result of Mac hardware and software, the New York Times reports. Edmon Shahikian and Ian Frias are accused of having stolen thousands of dollars' worth of items from an apartment, including TVs, iPods, DVDs and car rims; their arrest however is tied to the theft of two notebooks, one of which belonged to Kait Duplaga, an employee at an Apple Store in Westchester. Clues to the suspects' identities developed when a friend told Duplaga her Mac notebook was online.
She then realized that by using another Mac, she could exploit .Mac's Back to My Mac feature, which allows remote access to a subscriber's system via Mac OS X Leopard. This enabled her to take a photo of Frias, and retrieve an image of Shahikian; both were known to one of Duplaga's roommates, and had been party guests at the apartment a few weeks earlier.
Shahikian has been released on $3,500 bail, but Frias is still in Westchester County Jail on $7,500 bail.