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  1. The Odd Tale of a Stolen Laptop Recovered by Victim’s Twitter Posse

    Writer Sean Power was the victim of laptop thievery in Brooklyn; a type of gankery that rattles many of us to our very core. Luckily for him, he was using open source anti-theft program Prey and was able to track -- and eventually retrieve -- his stolen electronic lifeblood with the help of a posse of his Twitter followers who happened to be in the area of the tracked stolen laptop.

    The story is actually quite interesting, and is even accompanied by a log of tweets documenting the tracking and recovery process, but some feel the story may actually be a hoax -- a secret marketing ploy for the security software. Read on after the break for the interesting tale.

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  2. Thieves Break Into Prison, Steal 50-Inch Plasma TV

    In a perfect example of "you're doing it wrong," thieves broke into New Zealand's New Plymouth Prison and escaped with a fifty-inch big-screen plasma television. A fire at the jail alerted firefighters to the crime scene when it set off sprinklers ten minutes before midnight. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find curtains in an administration building that were deliberately set on fire, noticed a window that was forced open, and called the police. In yet another instance of "you're doing it wrong," the thieves supposedly made off with the television on foot.

    The thieves were either very brave, or absolutely ridiculous, as they chose to break into a minimum-to-high security prison, rather than an electronics store, to steal a plasma television, when everyone knows the only reason to break into prison is to steal your brother.

    (Stuff.co.nz via Nothing To Do With Arbroath)

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  3. Musicians Uses Stolen Credit Cards to Buy Own Songs on iTunes Over 6,000 Times

    Between January 2008 and June 2009, Lemar Johnson, 19, and a group of nine other individuals used stolen credit cards to buy their own music that they uploaded to iTunes and Amazon. The group downloaded their songs around 6,000 times during the span of their scam, supposedly (and that's a big 'supposedly,' coming as it does from The Daily Mail) netting them around $773,000 in royalties.

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