A relentless woman turned to the internet to sleuth for clues as to where her stolen electronics wound up.
A man is in jail after authorities said the woman's stolen laptop and other possibly stolen items were found in his vehicle.
Seyyad Hosseini, 22, was charged Wednesday with possession of stolen property.
A Shawnee woman reported last Friday that her apartment at 75th Street and Quivira Road was broken into. She reported to police that her laptop, television, smartphone and other items were stolen, and she provided the serial number to authorities.
She turned to Craigslist to see if any of her stolen items were posted, and she told police that she recognized her missing laptop in one posting.
"We were able to compare the serial numbers from the photos on Craigslist to what she reported this past Friday, and confirmed that it was, in fact, her laptop," said Maj. Bill Hisle of the Lenexa Police Department.
Officers worked with the woman for her to set up a meeting at a business parking lot for her to "buy" the laptop. When he arrived to meet her, police swooped in and quickly put him in handcuffs.
The laptop was found in Hosseini's vehicle along with other electronics, Hisle said. Police are working to determine if they were stolen as well.
Police applaud the woman's ingenuity and then turning to police to get her stolen items back.
"As the victim told me, 'I had nothing but time on my hands since my electronics were gone,'" Hisle said. So she searched the web and pawn shops. "Very fortunately we were able to locate her laptop, and we're just glad the plan worked out and we were able to arrest this subject."
Police are working to find her television and other items. They are also running the serial numbers on other items found in the suspect's vehicle through their systems to see if they can find their owner.
"Who better to know your stuff than you?" he asked. "It was a good day all the way around."
Hisle suggested you write down the serial numbers on your important items and have records to help police if you are a victim of a property crime.
Hosseini is out of jail after posting bond.
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