Operation Gringo Revenge: Tracking My Stolen Laptop In Panama

Tracking Stolen Laptop with Prey

Panama City, Panama

Three months ago my Macbook Pro laptop computer was stolen by hookers in Panama. Join me as I attempt to recover it from over 2000 miles away.

Before my computer was stolen, I’d installed a special tracking program called Prey Project. I first learned about Prey after following Sean Power’s amazing laptop recovery story on Twitter — downloading the free tracking software that same day.

When my own laptop was taken while traveling through Panama in October 2011, I quickly activated Prey from an internet cafe, hoping I could catch the thieves. I also filed a police report [click here to see it] with Panamanian authorities.

Now I would just wait for the software to start working its magic.

But it never did. After over 3 months of no action, I assumed the thieves had disabled or replaced my computer’s hard drive before turning it on. With no tracking information, my computer would be lost forever.

That all changed last night.

Suspect A

Suspect A: ‘Handlebar’

Surprise! You’re on Candid Camera

On Friday night Prey suddenly notified me by email that I had a new tracking report. You can imagine my surprise! I’d assumed that recovery was a lost cause at this point, now 3 months after the theft. At the moment I’m back in the United States.

I logged into the site. The report contained photos from my Macbook Pro’s integrated webcam, screenshots showing what the suspects were doing on my computer, and WiFi location information displayed on a Google Map.

Jackpot!

These reports came streaming in every 10 minutes. After upgrading my account to Pro for $5, I’m now able to get reports every 2 minutes, or on demand with the click of a button.

I suddenly felt like a kid in a candy store!

Spying on the people using my stolen computer is soooooo much fun…

Suspect B

Suspect B: ‘Chonga’

We’re All Watching

I’m actively tracking the incoming reports on a regular basis. Saving photos and data that I’ll be able to use to recover my laptop. It’s incredibly entertaining to watch what these people are doing without their knowledge.

There’s a lot of information coming in. The software only allows me to save 100 reports though, so I’m deleting the ones that don’t contain useful information. Building up a case against them should I decide to go to the police.

I’ll be updating this post with new information as I receive it.

This is going to be exciting. I hope you’ll follow along with me on the hunt.

Suspect C

Suspect C: ‘Adidas’

What Are They Doing?

Chonga has been most active on my computer so far. She’s logged into Facebook for hours at a time – chatting with friends, bragging about her new “Apple Mac” computer, viewing ridiculous photos, and repeatedly picking her nose.

Through the screenshots I’ve learned her real name, names of her family members & friends, the name of the cafe where she works, and her birthday. I also know the street where she’s living in Panama City. But not an exact address yet.

I’ve censored out all personal information for now.

I believe it’s very important that I secretly record as much evidence as I can before they discover they’re being tracked. I may change my mind about this in the future though, and share all their details with you. I’m still not 100% sure what my recovery plan will be.

I might need your help.

Suspect B

Chonga Picks Her Nose

Suspect B

Chonga Mines for Gold

Suspect B

Chonga Hunts for the Green Monster

Criminal Masterminds??

Now it’s quite possible that these people have purchased the stolen computer from someone else. I don’t recognize Chonga as one of the 3 women involved with the theft, but I’m also not sure I’d be able to remember their faces from that night. It was dark, we were trying to ignore them, and I’d had a few drinks.

But either way, they are now in possession of stolen property. In most countries that in itself is illegal.

If they simply hand over my computer without incident, I have no problem keeping the police out of it and minimizing their humiliation. I just want my property back and be done with it. But if they decide to be difficult, well, all bets are off…

I’ll hit them with everything my twisted mind can come up with.

Suspect B

Chonga’s Facebook Account…

Suspect B

More Crazy Shit (scary photos from an ER)

UPDATE: Prey Capabilities

So after digging into the program a bit more, I’ve learned about some fun things I can do with it. One option is to remotely trigger an audio alarm that sounds like a police siren. Could be fun if unleashed at the right moment…

Another option is to send them a custom message through my computer. An alert window will pop up over whatever they’re doing and display a message of my choice.

But the best option yet: I can deliver a custom message via audio. Apple’s Text-to-Speech program will relay any message I want using a robotic sounding voice.

The possibilities are endless!

Suspect A

UPDATE: Shopping For A Tranny!

Handlebar has been on the computer all day. He spent hours on Skype talking with someone who seemed like a possible girlfriend. While I couldn’t hear what was said (Prey needs to work on live video feeds!), they also used Skype’s chat feature so I could read some of the conversation.

While talking with this girl, he’s also browsing through photos of girls in lingerie on Facebook. Because he was logged in, I now have his real name.

But that’s not the best part…

Eventually I catch him shopping for local hookers escorts online! And not just any call-girl…

Upon closer inspection of the profile, I see that she (he?) is advertising herself as a transgender prostitute!!!

A short translated excerpt from the profile:

“…to taste this true delicacy of tranny sex.. you will not regret it from Colombia to Panama.”

There’s a phone number on the profile and everything.

I couldn’t make this shit up!

Suspect D

Suspect D: ‘Rico’

Suspect E

Suspect E: ‘Dark Eyes’

UPDATE: New Suspects

Wow. There are a ton of different people using my stolen computer. I’ve discovered 2 new people, so this makes 5 total now. But after spying on Rico & Dark Eyes for a while, I’ve decided they are probably not involved.

They are from Chile, and it seems they just arrived in Panama the other day. Handlebar is also from Chile. So these two might be friends or family crashing at his place while on vacation.

I caught them uploading touristy looking photos on iPhoto. I also know they are traveling to Cuba next week.

Facebook sure gives away a lot of personal information!!!

Suspect A

The Money Shot!

UPDATE: Secret Internet Celebrity!

So it’s only been 3 days since I first posted this story, but Handlebar has just learned that we’ve all been watching him. A friend of his quickly recognized him after discovering the story on Facebook.

It sounds like he’s desperate to give the computer back quickly to avoid further humiliation. Smart choice on his part. I was just getting started.

Thank you everyone for helping to spread the word via Social Media!

I’ve been contacted by email to get everything worked out.

Prey Laptop Recovery

Operation Gringo Revenge is a Success!

UPDATE: Mission Accomplished!

I’m ecstatic to announce that Operation Gringo Revenge is a smashing success! After scheduling an evening rendezvous at a well-known Parisian cafe in Panama City, my secret agents (code-names “J-Dog” and “V-Man”) met with our suspect to collect the stolen goods last night.

They’ve moved the stolen Macbook Pro to a safe-house within the city. It’s now guarded 24 hours a day by a professional team of beautiful female assassins from Colombia & Brazil.

I plan to compensate my international team (and former Couchsurfing.org hosts) for their heroic actions that day with sushi & bottles of cheap rum.

The Full Story

So it seems Handlebar purchased the the stolen computer off the street from a woman named Maria del Carmen for $750. Maria del Carmen happens to be the name of the user account that’s been active on the computer. Why he never changed the username, I don’t know. I also don’t know why Prey Project never caught Maria on the computer over the past 3 months.

Maybe his story is true, maybe it’s not. I really don’t care. If the story is true, I’ll let him take it up with Maria del Carmen.

I gave him 2 options:

A: Hand over the computer.
B: Let the police deal with it while I post personal details online.

He chose option ‘A’.

As a courtesy, I agreed to censor the photos of his face and those of his acquaintances.

Thousands of people have watched him shop for transgender hookers online.

Because this computer was stolen 3 months ago, I’ve already had it replaced. Now that my friends have recovered it, I’ll probably sell it and use the money to help fund some charity projects.

Big thank you to everyone who helped share this story!

UPDATE: Holy shit! It turns out Chonga is actually a man!!! And also a transgender hooker. Thank you karma gods. A reader shared this fact with me in the comments below — even providing proof! NOT SAFE FOR WORK!Click Here for Proof

More Information

Software: Prey Project
Cost: Free! (upgrade for $5 if your computer is stolen)
Useful Notes: Make sure to include a password-free guest account on your computer. This acts as a “honey-pot”, luring criminals into using the computer immediately. Learn How To Set Up Prey Project »

Have you ever had anything expensive stolen before? Share with us in the comments below!


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Comments & Questions

282 Comments

  1. Tech Gear Packing List- Her Packing List
    October 15, 2014

    […] There are a few out there, including Undercover, Hidden and Prey, the latter of which is what Expert Vagabond Matthew Karsten used to recover his stolen MacBook Pro in Panama. They allow you to GPS track and […]

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  2. Jo
    October 14, 2014

    I had to read through to the end to make sure it was for real! Question though – if Prey can see who is working on your computer when it’s stolen, can they also see you working and have access to what you’re doing?

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  3. Carmen
    October 11, 2014

    I’m speechless. This is so insanely brilliant.

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  4. the paper boat sailor @ Paper Boats
    October 10, 2014

    This could make for quite an awesome crime novel!

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  5. Courtney
    October 8, 2014

    That.was.hilarious! Glad you got your computer back. :)

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  6. Michael
    October 8, 2014

    Your laptop has a travel story all of its own. It sounds like it was having more fun than the rest of us.

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  7. Naví
    October 6, 2014

    love ur tenacity…. and ur sense of humour is hilarous.

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  8. Panama Sarah
    October 4, 2014

    Matthew.. loved your blog and this story is hilarious! I am downloading this Prey program now.. traveling in Indonesia., you never know. I live and do business in Panama and am also a host with couch surfing. I wanted to invite you to stay on your next visit. I live near the beach, near the city. What a great read, I’m still laughing out loud! Cheers, Sarah

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  9. Stacey @ Onetravelsfar
    October 4, 2014

    Best story I’ve read in ages! I had prey on my iphone but couldn’t use it when it was stolen as I couldn’t get online. Also had find my iphone and just watched it drive around Bali (I left it in a taxi) for a few days and sent messages to it. I love how Prey takes photos and screenshots, that is amazing.

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  10. Dave
    September 26, 2014

    Funny story Matthew. He must be a ladyboy, term what they used in Thailand.

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  11. Dea
    September 9, 2014

    I laughed hard and this prey is doing such a good job in spying thieves!

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  12. Bethanny Alpino
    September 3, 2014

    Hey Matthew,

    Very interesting and entertaining story, but did you have to make so many transaphobic slurs? Using phrases like ‘trannie’ and shaming the prep for his interest in transgendered sex workers (which probably is more likely the case than transexual, meaning they have gone through with a sex change operation) is very hurtful and dehumanizing to members of the LBGTQ community and those that sympathize with them. And how did you know that the women that stole your laptop were hookers? We you by chance patronizing a brothel? Maybe you should include that in your article or else you are making a very misogynistic assumption. I can’t believe someone with such a reach could be so insensitive and unaware…

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    • Matthew Karsten
      September 4, 2014

      No offense meant to the LBGTQ community, but the “transgender sexworker” was specially using that term to advertise herself. It is impossible for me to know what is or isn’t offensive to everyone, especially when that changes depending on who you ask. I have friends in that community who have read & shared this post without mentioning it was offensive. But thanks for letting me know how you feel.

      As for the hookers who stole my computer, all you need to do is visit Panama City to find them inside every bar & nightclub after dark, including the nice Cuban bar I was visiting across from the Presidential Palace. They don’t hide who they are because prostitution is legal in Panama. It’s as obvious as who is working as a bartender.

      Now which one of us is making false, offensive, and ignorant assumptions?

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    • RG
      October 19, 2014

      Don’t get your panties (or briefs) in a bunch. Call a spade a spade. And by trying to shame him immediately, do you really think he’s going to edit anything in his article?

      Reply
  13. Cyra
    August 1, 2014

    Haha, I laughed reading this, but on a serious note, I just installed Prey Project too. I have heard to many success stories lately to not install it!

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  14. Christopher Sharpe
    July 31, 2014

    I LOVE this story, getting your own back on people that are low enough to steal your property. Definitely getting this for my laptop.

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  15. Mark
    June 27, 2014

    HAHAHAHA great story Matthew, and the ultimate detail from Fuentes: He/She is a tranny with a great ass tattoo…

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  16. Cole Harry
    June 11, 2014

    Cool that you have no issue violating the privacy of people most certainly poorer than you who were probably scammed themselves into buying a stolen laptop. Even cooler that you seem to think it’s shameful to be attracted to transgender individuals. You’re a gem.

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    • Jim Harrelson
      July 10, 2014

      No, you’re a gem!

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    • Matthew Karsten
      August 19, 2014

      How am I violating their privacy? The photos are censored and no real names were used. I’m just sharing what happened to me. If they don’t like it, maybe they should’ve re-thought buying an obviously stolen computer off the street. Judging by the company Handlebar keeps, I highly doubt his story is true anyway…

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      • Joel
        September 14, 2014

        Yah you tell ‘em! Eff you Cole Harry! What difference does it make if they are poorer than him? And he didn’t say it was shameful, just that it was funny. You probably think making fun of nose picking is prejudice somehow.

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    • RG
      October 19, 2014

      It’s not shameful. Just weird.

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  17. sumit
    May 21, 2014

    how to find my laptop si missing and i haw onli mac addresses no udar any documents

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  18. Theboywander
    May 17, 2014

    This is so epic!

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  19. Kristina
    May 16, 2014

    I’m so late to this party but this is the best thing I’ve seen on the internet in a very long time. Love it!

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  20. BellaVida
    May 8, 2014

    Wow, your laptop certainly had quite an adventure. Thank you for sharing the software you used. It’s good to have a safety net like that especially when you use your laptop for business. And I’m very glad you were able to recover your laptop.

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  21. kaybaybay33
    April 29, 2014

    Um yah, where’s the story of why you were in the vicinity of three hookers?!!! ;o)

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    • Matthew Karsten
      August 19, 2014

      You must not have been to Panama City before. You’ll find hookers in every bar & club. Even one directly across from the Presidential Palace…

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  22. L.A. Chancey
    April 28, 2014

    HI M, FANTASTIC recovery, just downloaded the program myself and did a BackBlaze backup in anticipation of Tianguis in MX, next week. Just one question, just exactly what were you doing in the near vicinity of those “Ladies of the Night” which allowed for enough of a minor distraction to lose your coveted MAC? Inquiring minds are, well simply inquiring.

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  23. Hannah Wasielewski
    April 24, 2014

    I just came across your site today, and this is absolutely hilarious!! I could imagine their humiliation, but it looks like being patient does pay off. thanks for making me laugh today, definitely going to bookmark your site!

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  24. Patrick
    April 19, 2014

    Good post mate :-) I travel extensively for quite 20 years now (thanks to a good pension ^^), and this story made me laugh a lot !
    Some years ago, I used to have a laptop for my travels, but for quite some time now, I don’t bother anymore with, as it is a real magnet for thieves…
    Instead I have an external hard disk that I carry along when I travel. It is very small, whilst capacity is a terabyte, and as now you have Internet places everywhere, I don’t have any issues to connect or work when needs arise ^^
    Now I can understand that with the kind of software and the platform you use, you probably can’t have that option :-)
    I hope your next travels will be as entertaining, rich in new knowledge and fun :-)
    (My english might be a bit poor, but I am french speaking…)

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  25. Jonathan Look, Jr.
    April 7, 2014

    This is like the funniest thing I have read all week! I have to get this program. Don’t want my laptop stolen, but it sounds like fun!

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  26. Alex Bellink
    April 7, 2014

    This is the best story of revenge I’ve ever read. I’ve also been wondering if there are any programs to track stolen or lost laptops. I’ll be purchasing that as soon as I hit the road!

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  27. memographer
    March 28, 2014

    That is a very entertaining story, Matt. Thanks! Love the happy ending :) Will install Prey Project tonight.

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  28. Nora Martini
    March 24, 2014

    This post reminded me of a similar experience when our backpack was stolen with our netbook inside while doing laundry in Florence, Italy. If someone is doing something stupid infront of you look for the accomplish behind them. We didn”t know why a gypsy was backing us into the corner of the laundry and waving his wallet until we turned around to get the backpack to put our laundry into. GONE!!! Luckily we had another computer and learned our lesson the hard way. Thanks for the reminder of another adventure on the road.

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  29. Matt
    March 10, 2014

    Brilliant post, and very helpful; immediately installed Prey on all of the devices I’m taking with me later this week. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Aaron @ addictivebackpacking
    February 28, 2014

    I wish I had not pressed the proof button! I can delete my internet history but I can’t get that image out of my head!

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  31. Rashad Pharaon
    February 26, 2014

    This just might be the most entertaining blog post of all time. Aaaaaaand off to download Prey NOW.

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  32. travellingforfun
    February 20, 2014

    Thats a brilliant story. I’ll be more careful about what I steal in future!! Handlebars really got his comeuppance in the end. Pity you couldnt get back at Chonga as well

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  33. Sojourn Safaris
    February 20, 2014

    Its amazing how fast they handed back the computer after they were revealed. Good detective work there albeit by remote.

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  34. Dave Briggs
    February 19, 2014

    That’s the best thing I have read in months!!

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  35. Sofie Couwenbergh
    February 17, 2014

    Crazy!
    I read something similar a while ago, but I think that person had his phone stolen.
    If only I could remember.

    Does make you hope no-one ever hacks into your computer and webcam.
    I really should pick my nose less
    :D

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  36. Erik Blair
    February 17, 2014

    Awesome! Oh what fun it is to ‘prey’ on a one-whore’s open network :)

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  37. Bobby Poot
    February 16, 2014

    That’s the best blog i read so far Matthew, awesome!! thanks for sharing. I copied the link to my facebook as i am traveling since the end of 2012 and met loads of other travelers who defintly read it. Cheers Bobby

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  38. Matthew F
    February 13, 2014

    Wow, this is sad, i am in I.T (System Admin) and first thing i do with new laptops for anyone i know, format, reinstall, and these are legit purchased computers!!!!. Really goes to show that thieves are stupid! Why prison’s are over populated!

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  39. Chad Thomson
    February 12, 2014

    You should be more careful with these Central American hookers, man!

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  40. Jessica Voigts
    February 7, 2014

    This would be a GREAT movie. just saying…

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  41. Rocco
    February 5, 2014

    Cool story!

    I never knew the existence of softwares able to take photos from the mini webcam.

    Transvestite are a real issue, they are theft addicts. In Asia, especially Thailand, there are theft stories almost everyday on local newspapers about ladyboys stealing from tourists.

    Here mine safety tips:

    – Don’t speak and get stopped by transvestite.

    – Don’t let them to be close to you

    – Don’t take them in your room, LOL

    Matthew, I am happy you got it sorted out. Well done.

    Rocco

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  42. MikesRoadTrip
    February 2, 2014

    This is an unbelievable, and, entertaining story. Is it really true? Wow!

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    • Matthew Karsten
      February 3, 2014

      Really is hard to believe isn’t it. But yes, all true. That “gal” is actually a dude. Which makes this even more funny. And the fact that he’s also a prostitute makes me think they were totally lying about not knowing it was stolen. Maybe “Handlebar” is just a pimp, and the women who stole it work for him. Who knows.

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      • MikesRoadTrip
        February 3, 2014

        Oh, okay…I recall reading that and was wondering if that was who you were referencing. Great story…well done sir! :-)

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  43. Jaca
    February 2, 2014

    It’s amazing story you shared with us! My laptop was stolen at the conference at University of Barcelona last week. The room was even under video surveillance and the thief has been seen (a well dressed latin-american guy). Unfortunately I don’t have any tracking software like Prey Project installed. The funniest (or saddest) thing is that I would give a present owner the reward just to return my 35 GB of photos using some cloud storage…

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  44. The Lost Londoner
    January 31, 2014

    This is hands down THE BEST blog post I’ve ever read!! I literally laughed out loud in a boarding queue, now everybody on the plane will think I’m a lunatic.
    I am installing that as soon as I can, it somehow makes losing the Mac a joy! Dude you are a true legend, I love your blog even more now.

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  45. Alexandra Canedo
    January 29, 2014

    This was ridiculously entertaining…AND I just downloaded Prey since I’m traveling through Colombia right now…you never know! Thanks :)

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  46. alex
    January 18, 2014

    WOW – i’m downloading this on my laptop right now. Thank you for sharing your experience in such detail! Incredible you were able to get your laptop back from a continent away. Congrats!

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    • Matthew Karsten
      January 18, 2014

      Glad you enjoyed the story Alex, hope you never have to go through it yourself though. :)

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  47. Nima
    December 17, 2013

    This is Classic, Dude well done, you have just made my day! hahahahahahahahahah

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  48. Kelvin
    December 12, 2013

    If only I had known about this software a year back, when my gaming computer got stolen.

    I do miss it, but did install the software on the computer I am currently using. Let’s hope I don’t get to use it.

    Also, my bithday is in a few days, so wish me luck when I solicit at my rich granddad to replace the US$800 piece of equipment.

    Thanks for a good post!

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  49. Tony
    November 23, 2013

    Wow.. that’s a nice one! Following your suggestion, I just downloaded Prey, but when I was trying it out and put it as “Missing”, the Mac’s camera LED lit up when it was taking a picture for the reports. Any suggestion on how to turn the light off?

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    • Matthew Karsten
      November 24, 2013

      Don’t think you can, but it’s less noticeable if you’re not expecting it.

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    • Katie
      March 30, 2014

      I tested it out as well and honestly didn’t notice it (probably because I got distracted by Facebook while waiting for the 10 minutes). I think if
      someone did see it they would think it was random since it only happens
      for a second. Even if they figured out what was going on a couple
      pictures before it was disabled would be better than nothing. Maybe you
      can try emailing the development team at Prey to see if they can work on
      that.

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  50. Jeska
    November 22, 2013

    This is probably hands down, the best stolen property story I have ever read! Congrats on being such a good investigator and getting your macbook. On top of that, awesome job at updating everyone as the story progress!!! =D

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  51. Sebastian
    November 20, 2013

    okay I just realized that the “girl” with the tattoo isn’t really a girl :-D

    I can just quote a friend of mine from Bangkok: “Sebastian, keep away from the most beautiful girls…they are men.”

    Sometimes life is unfair.

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    • Matthew Karsten
      November 21, 2013

      Don’t worry Sebastian, we all thought he was a woman at first. ;)

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  52. Sebastian
    November 20, 2013

    This is a really crazy story! It is amazing how modern technology enabled you to track your stolen laptop.

    Weird story and what is even weirder than the story is that big tattoo that the senorita has on her ass cheeks ;-)

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  53. zomgpizza
    November 8, 2013

    the best part was the ending!
    …no i dont mean the recovery of the laptop, i mean the discovery that Chonga was a transvestite hooker. yikes!

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  54. Peter
    October 29, 2013

    Hey I really enjoyed your storytelling!

    installed prey on my mobliedev’s right away. but not on my chromebook, firstly on a chromebook it can’t be installed, secondly chromebooks are cheaply replaced (without data loss)

    Otherwise perfect :)

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  55. Chris Chiang
    October 16, 2013

    Hey, very interesting operation and I’m glad there is a happy ending that you can recover your Mac. Really don’t know the Prey Project program before and will install it in my Macbook pro as well.

    Reply
  56. Mauro Brandão
    October 8, 2013

    Hey Man, very nice and hilarious this history !!!! Nice to know this program exists !!!!
    Good blog, i’m already addict !!!

    I’m thinking do a hitchhiking trip from de south to the North of my country ( The Big Brazil) !! Now i am got safe a little money then i’ll hit the road !!

    You are a great inspiration for me !
    Take care and good winds for you !

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  57. Michael
    October 1, 2013

    This is just hilarious. Great way to turn a negative experience into some of the funniest stuff I’ve ever read.

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  58. Kristy
    September 17, 2013

    Such determination! So glad you got your laptop back! I do hope you had plenty of disinfectant wipes on hand to erase anything left by booger girl.

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  59. Chris
    September 17, 2013

    hahaha epic skills! Stoked you managed to get your laptop back though and you’re right – you couldn’t have even made up the crazy stuff you found out through this!haha!

    I’ve just downloaded and installed Prey onto my macbook too – cheers for the tip!

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  60. katty watson
    September 17, 2013

    oh that’s amazing… this is the sophisticated way of finding thefts. Thanks for the post. I really enjoyed reading this stuff.

    Reply
  61. Marla
    September 16, 2013

    LOL This has turned out to be a hilarious story!! Not the stolen laptop part but all the rest. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  62. Lindy
    September 16, 2013

    Thanks for sharing that last update, not sure I’m too happy having clicked that link though ;-) what a story!

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  63. Lisa @chickybus
    September 16, 2013

    Holy crap–this is an amazing story. Love it!! I’ve never heard of Prey, but I sure want it now. I am SO happy for you…not only did you get to have some fun humiliating these jerks (I would have done the same), you’re getting your computer back. Yes!!!

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  64. Chanel @ La Viajera Morena
    September 16, 2013

    I completely forgot that I had Prey, and I just installed it on my MacBook Pro in case things go awry. :D

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    • Matthew Karsten
      September 16, 2013

      It’s good to be prepared Chanel. This situation would’ve been a lot more depressing without Prey installed. Now it’s one of my favorite travel stories!

      Reply
  65. Niko
    September 16, 2013

    Hey, looks like Handlebar is actually Morgan Spurlock after he got waaaaayyyy supersized!! Congrats on your story, Prey is definitely for me
    nn:-)

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  66. Ron | Active Planet Travels
    September 16, 2013

    Holy Shit!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Dude this is such good new, congrats bro on getting your stuff back! I’m going to look into it now…I wonder if they’ve got something similar for iPhone..? Either way, thanks for the tip on the software!

    Reply

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