Dancing Thief Steals From Computer Geek, Gets Busted On YouTube

Another thief has been caught red-handed on YouTube, in a story that will wow you. The thief made the mistake of stealing from Mark Bao, an 18-year old serial entrepreneur, non-profit founder and computer geek. Bao hacked into his stolen computer remotely, checked out the Safari history and found a couple of videos that the thief had shot, one of him dancing to Travis Porter’s ‘Make It Rain’. Bao uploaded the video to YouTube and, humiliated, the thief turned the MacBook in.

Mark Bao posted about the experience on his Twitter account. He found two videos, checked out the Safari history and quickly discovered who the thief was. He tweeted, “Wow. The first thing that MacBook thieves do REALLY IS take pictures on Photo Booth. I didn’t think they were that dumb!” But instead of turning the guy in right away, Bao decided to mess with him a little first.

What did he do to mess with the thief? Well, he did the first thing that came to mind – he uploaded the video to Vimeo and later to YouTube in order to humiliate him a bit before turning him in. He tweeted, “To be clear, I’m not worried about recovering the computer. I’m just doing this for the lulz.”

Curious how Bao was able to access his Safari history and other information remotely? He gained access using the cloud backup service Backblaze. Backblaze covered Mark Bao’s sleuthing on their company blog, writing, “The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief. But having Backblaze that finds the thief is sweet amusement.”

This is such a crazy story that I am almost waiting to hear that it was a hoax–a viral campaign for Backblaze or something similar. Wouldn’t that be perfect? But it is looking like this story is actually for real. What do you think about this 18-year old CEO that managed to recover his computer, and humiliate a thief? I bet a lot of thieves will think twice before stealing laptops after hearing this story.

Update: According to a comment posted on the YouTube video Bao says, “Yep, the guy turned the laptop to the police this morning, and he sent me a heartfelt message asking me to remove the video. Which I’m not going to do. He’s not in a position to bargain.”