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Laptop Thief Found?

A tipster tells us they saw a boy being led out of Carman by three men in suits earlier this afternoon. According to reports, the student had three laptops in his bag. That would account for three of the four laptops stolen on Tuesday. We’ll keep you posted. Again, if you know/saw/heard anything, tip us (you can do so anonymously in our Submit A Tip form) and call Public Safety at 212-854-2797.

Update, 10:40pm: One of the students who had their laptops stolen just checked in from the police station, where she collected her laptop and saw two others in a black backpack. The backpack had three laptops in it, making it highly, highly likely that the boy being led out of Carman this afternoon was the laptop thief. The police officers informed our tipster that all the laptops had been recovered, thanks in great part to Public Safety. The hard drives on the computers were wiped, indicating that the thief planned to sell them immediately. We’ll update you as we get more information.

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous WHAT A DUMBASS!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I second that… What a DUMBASS!

      1. um says:

        @um He’s a dumbass for… getting caught?

  • r says:

    @r dear bwog, when are you going to start senior wisdom again?

    1. Eliza says:

      @Eliza Great question! Should have it going in about a week and a half.

  • Slammer says:

    @Slammer LOCK HIM UP!

  • Alum says:

    @Alum Having three laptops in his bag does suggest that the kid is a thief. It may even suggest that he’s the same thief who stole four laptops on Tuesday. But it does not suggest that these are three of the same laptops.

    Presumably he went into Carman hoping to steal more laptops. If that’s the case, it would make no sense for him to bring three other laptops with him unless he had just stolen them elsewhere. Carrying three laptops from Tuesday would just limit the number he could steal today.

    1. Alum says:

      @Alum In light of the update, I guess I was wrong. One of the later comments describes the suspect as a Columbia student, but Bwog describes him as a “boy”. From that description I presumed he was too young to be a CU student.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous well he’s certainly not a “man” if he resorted to stealing laptops…

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous This kid deserves whatever’s coming to him. How big of a prick do you have to be to steal someone’s belongings straight out of their room? Especially something as important as a laptop. Honestly, people like this don’t deserve to be part of the community.

  • Yeahhhhhh says:

    @Yeahhhhhh This kid’s from my floor.
    Pro Tip: He’s a douche in all respects.
    Him being caught makes me happier than anything I’ve heard all week.

    1. Name says:

      @Name Name?

      1. Eliza says:

        @Eliza Sorry, but can we actually hold off posting the name until the police report is filed? Should be early tomorrow.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Oh my god.
      Cut him some dang slack people. What if you were caught in this situation?!
      I know him to, you shouldn’t be saying that. He doesn’t deserve this because he understands that this is so wrong, he has learned his lesson!
      He’s suffered enough.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Eeeek I’m terrified at the mere thought of my hard drive being wiped. This asshole must be an idiot to think he could have gotten away with this. A public shaming is in order!

    1. AronSora says:

      @AronSora If you have an external harddrive, backup are easy to do. Even if you don’t, get a dropbox and save all your school files to it. BTWs, bwog, lower the min. rate for your ads to 50 cents. Project wonderful works by people getting into bidding wars and $3 is alot on that network. If you want to get it to 3, use a different ad size, 125*125 is the ad size perfected by broke bloggers.

  • yay says:

    @yay im glad they (hopefully) caught the person behind this.
    i sure hope columbia doesnt go easy on him either, stealing laptops out of peoples rooms to sell is some fucked up shit.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous IANAL, but it’s fun to look at what the thief can be charged with – see http://law.justia.com/newyork/codes/penal/index.html

    From what I gather:
    Burglary in the third degree – class D felony
    Petit larceny – class A misdemeanor
    Grand Larceny in the fourth degree – class E felony
    Computer tampering in the third degree – class E felony

    Class E felony – max 4 yrs, $5000
    Class D felony – max 7 yrs, $5000
    Class A misdemeanor – max 1 yr, $1000

    Nice job thief! Enjoy having a minimum wage job for the rest of your life!

    1. you're says:

      @you're as much of a douche as he is. good job!

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous how is this being a douche? I’m not sure I understand. Do Bwog commenters just enjoy calling other Bwog commenters douches on principle? Yes, I think so.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous looking through that data isn’t exactly what i would call “fun.” it’s reality, and what’s more real is the fact that people really do actually receive and have to serve those sentences. there really isn’t anything amusing in what you find to be interesting. those are actual sentences in human years.

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous If you can’t do the time…

          2. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous I think it’s funny. The kid is an asshole who deserves the max sentence. Fuck ’em. He was dumb enough to do it so he better be prepared to take the sentence.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous hey you guys are being so harsh. isn’t he a student?
    how can you be so cruel to someone troubled enough to steal

    1. Oh says:

      @Oh pu-LEEZ. It’s called personal responsibility; this little thief deserves everything he’s got coming to him.

    2. here's why says:

      @here's why let’s reason that this person is at least 17 years old–he’d probably have to be. by that age, you have faced situations in which you can make a right/wrong decision. this person is morally bankrupt and deserves the maximum punishment. to sympathize with him is to remove blame from an emotional standpoint. “poor guy, the system’s failed him.” NO. there are many students here who are poor or at the very least constantly short on funds–i’m one myself–and i haven’t stolen anything from anyone, and i never will. if he really was in some sort of bad situation financially, he would be less likely to steal because he’d know how much his few possessions mean to him. at least, if he wasn’t completely morally bankrupt, which brings me back to my original point.
      in short, he’s an asshole, and a worthless piece of shit. not everyone has a sob story. some people are just assholes.

  • seas'11 says:

    @seas'11 i think we’re too quick to judge. we don’t even know why the kid did it. maybe he had a terrible financial aid package? needed money for tuition? mom sick with cancer? god knows, any number of reasons this could have happened.

    despite his reasons, i personally wouldn’t want a columbia student who worked hard to get here get overtly punished because of his stupidity. everyone deserves a second chance!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I have a terrible financial aid package, need tuition money, and lost a parent to cancer during college. It didn’t permit me to steal from anyone. Because it’s wrong. It wasn’t that difficult to resist. I have no sympathy for this asshole.

      1. Ah, sweet reason says:

        @Ah, sweet reason Thank you!

    2. ha says:

      @ha just because he worked hard to get here he should get away with stealing laptops?
      bullshit. if we let this guy get away with it, guess what? i’m sure a lot more people will try their hand at stealing laptops if they know they won’t end up in deep shit for it and will get a “second chance”.
      also, im sure someone smart enough to get here is smart enough to know that if you get caught stealing personal property, you’ll get punished. doesn’t matter what kind of sob story you pull out of your ass. so if he’s smart, he’d know what coming. and he sure as hell deserves it

  • OMG seriously? says:

    @OMG seriously? “hey you guys are being so harsh. isn’t he a student?
    how can you be so cruel to someone troubled enough to steal”

    You guys always have to sympathize with the wrong guy…typical ignorance

    What about the law abiding citizens who had their property taken from them?

    Seriously find someone else to be compassionate too

  • Agreed says:

    @Agreed Jackass yes. he’s going to be in trouble. people at least got their comps back. cut the guy some measure of slack.

  • WHY says:

    @WHY are we trying to cut people slack here?! This person, student, whatever BROKE IN to people’s rooms and stole expensive personal property with the intent to sell it for profit. He wiped all of their personal documents clean from THEIR former property. So even if they got their computers back, it’s not the same.

    I don’t care if he’s a Columbia student, anyone who does this should NOT be cut slack. I don’t go around stealing shit from other people and making a profit, I have to get a fucking job to make my own money. So why should this guy be any different? You people are ridiculous.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Either his defenders are his douchebag friends, or pussy liberals. Can go either way.

      1. angry leftist says:

        @angry leftist spineless liberals make us on the left look bad. moral relativism gets you nowhere – pick something and stand for it. this kid deserves to be expelled and at the very least charged with a misdemeanor.

        1. AMEN says:

          @AMEN Expel his sorry ass. I don’t want scum like that at my school. If you do the crime, be prepared to suffer the consequences. I don’t care how young or w/e he is, if you are going here you probably are smart enough to know that stealing is wrong. He was not worthy of being here; natural selection at its best.

          1. amen! says:

            @amen! i hear that.

  • Riven says:

    @Riven Most times stupidity is an incurable condition…
    I doubt he would be stealing because of financial aid needs, there are better ways to bump up income.

  • ... says:

    @... hey everybody! i have an idea! lets all pass judgement anonymously before we know anything concrete about the situation!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I have an idea! Let’s pass judgment anonymously on those who pass judgment on people who judge anonymously! Even though we know enough of the basic facts of the situation to pass judgment!

    2. what about says:

      @what about this situation isn’t clear to you?

      1. ... says:

        @... are you kidding? what do we know? nothing! all rumors and hearsay. if you’ve seen enough here to form an opinion, then you may as well send for your official james o’keefe fan club patch.

        i particularly like how half of the people in here have interpolated the idea that he must be a student in order to form a nice diving block from which they can plunge into their own arguments about moral relativism or whatever.

  • ... says:

    @... i find the eager celebration of incredibly harsh punishments demonstrated by the commentators here to be quite disturbing. please keep in mind that for the past forty years the united states has gradually developed what is now by far the most punitive criminal justice system in the world, with imprisonment rates around eight times higher than the average in the european union. around 1% of american citizens are currently in jail, and around 3% are under some form of judicial supervision. sending an individual to jail for up to five years for a non-violent crime would be seen as inexcusable in almost any other nation on earth.
    i agree that individuals who steal should not get off without some sort of state intervention, be it punishment or rehabilitation, but the social costs of the increasing willingness of judges and citizens to condone massive sentences for relatively minor crimes is upsetting. even if you are unable to see the injustice of imprisoning someone for half a decade for stealing a few thousand dollars of property, surely even the most callous of you can recognize that incarcerating someone for five years at a cost of $40,000/year is not an effective solution in terms of its social costs. if your goal is to prevent this individual from committing more crimes, studies linking long prison sentences and recidivism have shown that highly punitive responses actually increase crime. in the end, however, it seems like most of the commentators here are simply spiteful people who take some sort of self-righteous or perhaps sadistic pleasure in the thought of sending someone to jail.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous tl;dr

    2. angry leftist says:

      @angry leftist stealing =/ minor drug offenses (one of the many reasons there is such a high incarceration rate). drug offenders SHOULD get rehabilitation or treatment. what will thieves get? “hey man, don’t steal, it’s not nice.”

    3. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous dude, we’re not dealing with mandatory minimums here. this’ll get plea dealed.

    4. hahaha says:

      @hahaha gunner iz you!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous death penalty, anyone?

  • um says:

    @um no. are you serious?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous look up gullible in the dictionary, why don’t ya.

      1. um again says:

        @um again meant to response to a comment that said “you’re as much of a douche as he is”. Sorry! didn’t really take the death penalty comment seriously :)

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous revealing kid’s name and face on bwog will be enough punishment and lolz for us

  • uhhhh says:

    @uhhhh can we get his name???

  • Dude says:

    @Dude Bwog should at the very least respect this kids confidentiality. He’s already probably going to be kicked out and have a sentence. The least bwog can do is not add on to that punishment by publicly humiliating him.

    1. Personally says:

      @Personally I think publishing his name is highly appropriate. The kid stole from his fellow students. His fellow students have the right to know who he is.

      Besides, I’m sure that public humiliation is the least of his worries right now.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Nah I think we should cut the kid some slack, I don’t think he’s dumb enough to do it again. Give em a court punishment and a Columbia punishment but the public humiliation thing is just cruel.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Cruel? Maybe. Unusual? Nope.
      But yeah, I have to admit, public humiliation would be just icing on the cake of vengeance. He’s totally screwed already.

  • Kids who knows him says:

    @Kids who knows him Guys, I know this kid. He doesn’t deserve him, so cut him some dang slack, PLEASE.
    He really, truly has learned his lesson.
    Giving out his name would just be cruel.
    He has suffered WAY TO MUCH.
    Cut some slack…
    He shouldn’t be expelled. He really has learned his lesson.

    It’s just crazy how he did this. It’s so unlike him..

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Uh, who are you and how well do you know him? FYI, it IS like him to do something like this.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous how do we know you aren’t the person who stole the laptops?

  • Kid who knows him BETTER says:

    @Kid who knows him BETTER This kid came back to the floor telling us some grand story about how the stealing of the laptops was a part of some initiation for a secret society. Do you still think he’s learned his lesson?

  • Jesus says:

    @Jesus Um, why have pity for a criminal. He should be castrated so that the world will be free of his gene pool/ wow he’s FUCKED


  • Kids who knows him WAY BETTER says:

    @Kids who knows him WAY BETTER If I told you how I knew him, I’d have a bunch of comments.
    So just shut up. The comment where it says it’s some initiation for a secret
    society sounds SO like him.
    He does anything like that.
    But he really doesn’t deserve this, he’s learned his lesson.
    It’s one of those things in life where you just have to do it to learn it.
    I think he’s learned it all right.

    1. Please. says:

      @Please. None of us had to steal laptops and lie compulsively to learn our lesson. Stop trying to defend him.

      1. Kid who knows him says:

        @Kid who knows him OKAY THEN. If you put it that way, then it does sound very unlikely.
        But what compulsive lies are you dreading on about?

    2. lol says:

      @lol learned his lesson?
      he was caught. its not like he regretted what he did and decided to return the laptops. and he had wiped the harddrive which showed an intent to sell. doesn’t sound like hes “learned his lesson”, sound like he got caught fucking some people over for personal gain. sounds like his plan was foiled (thank you public safety!)
      i dont care if his name gets posted or not, but i do not feel safe with a thief in the columbia community. he deserves to be expelled

  • Kid who also knows him well says:

    @Kid who also knows him well Are you sure he’s learned his lesson?
    The far-fetched story he told is so in-character.
    But what about all the other shit’s he done to everyone?
    What about all the other lies he’s told?
    Yeah… right…
    No one starts off just stealing laptops.
    Nope, he’s just learned how not to get caught.

    1. Kid who knows him says:

      @Kid who knows him True that. & I agree. He hasn’t learned his lesson, never will.
      What other lies has he even told?

  • woww says:

    @woww Wowowowowow. What a dumbass.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Shutup troll.

      1. woww says:

        @woww Why should I? Why be so defensive?

  • NAME says:

    @NAME I WANT A NAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous post bump

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