Investigators were tipped off to a possible laptop theft ring after a man said he purchased a laptop online at what he thought was a great price.
Matthew Sliver said that he bought a laptop on Craigslist. After he purchased it, he checked the registration on the laptop and found that the name of the person who sold it to him did not match the registration.
“The first thing I noticed was he was acting strange, unsettled in his seat,” Sliver said.
Sliver said that he contacted the real owner of the computer, identified as Kimberly Bonta, and the owner told him that it had been stolen from her vehicle parked in a parking lot.
“It was in the briefcase, and the briefcase was on the floor,” Bonta said. “I was stunned because it was broad daylight.”
The owner told Sliver that a thief had shattered her front window and stole the laptop.
Police set up a sting and arrested Devin Ohm of Newark, who police said had already pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property earlier in the year.
According to a warrant, police met Ohm, 20, at a cafe on North High Street and arrested him.
“We did the right thing,” Sliver said. “It paid off for everyone.”
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