Laptop tracker leads police to alleged burglars

2013-06-18T06:54:00Z 2013-12-11T07:59:04Z Laptop tracker leads police to alleged burglarsLUKE FEUERHERM Journal Times

RACINE — A tracker in a stolen Apple MacBook reportedly helped lead police to the alleged burglars.

Gordon L. Bittner Jr., 20, of Mount Pleasant, and Stephan M. Cable, 21, of Racine, were charged Monday after allegedly taking a number of electronics and other items from a home in the 4800 block of Old Green Bay Road in Mount Pleasant in late April, according to their criminal complaints.

One of the victims told police that there was a tracker on his MacBook that would send a warning to his cellphone if someone tried to connect to the Internet, according to the complaints.

The victim reportedly received a notification that the MacBook registration was changed to “Gordie’s Mac Book” and the computer was located at Jack’s Wireless, 1627 Douglas Ave., Racine, according to the complaint. When police responded to the store it was closed with several people inside, two of whom told the officer they believed Bittner may have been involved in the crime.

Police later identified Cable as an alleged accomplice of Bittner’s, according to the complaint. Cable reportedly told police that he and Bittner drove by the house on Old Green Bay Road and Bittner told him he believed the residents were out of town.

He then reportedly told police that they returned later that night to steal a number of items including TVs and the MacBook Pro, according to the complaint.

Both men face a felony burglary charge and Bittner also is charged with misdemeanor bail jumping. They made their initial court appearances and each had bond set at $1,000; Bittner’s bond is cash while Cable’s was set as a signature bond.

As of Monday night, both Bittner and Cable remained in the Racine County Jail, according to electronic records.

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(4) Comments

  1. granny grits
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    granny grits - June 18, 2013 4:15 pm
    Not true. Look it up.
  2. kevinsmom68
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    kevinsmom68 - June 18, 2013 4:10 pm
    " If they try and use the wrong password it becomes a brick."

    or they can just reinstall the OS.
  3. granny grits
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    granny grits - June 18, 2013 3:21 pm
    The thieves are smart enough to steal a Mac, but apparently aren't smart enough to know about the 'Find My iPhone'. The app works on all Macs and has located many of their product that were stolen.

    With the advent of iOS7 and OSX Maverick, a thief won't be able to turn off Find My iPhone unless they have the iTunes password. If they try and use the wrong password it becomes a brick.
  4. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - June 18, 2013 11:44 am
    No morals... no common sense... no remorse. Welcome, new generation of thieves. They don't care what they do, how they do it or who they might affect by their crimes. They just take what they want and don't give a darn about anyone else.
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