Suspect in iPad thefts tracked with locator app

mcarroll@centredaily.comSeptember 3, 2013 

— A Washington, D.C., man accused of stealing two iPads and a laptop computer from Penn State students was caught red-handed with the help of a tracking application on one of the electronic devices, police said.

Harry Q. Nguyen, 45, was charged with felony counts of burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass for allegedly stealing the electronics Saturday from the Deike Building on the Penn State campus.

Nguyen was arraigned before District Judge Leslie Dutchcot and was placed in the Centre County Correctional Facility after failing to post $150,000 bail, according to court documents.

Penn State police said one of the students who reported the theft showed officers that she could track her iPad using an application on her phone.

The tracker showed the iPad was on the move in the Hosler Building, which is connected to the Deike Building.

As police were searching the area, Nguyen walked past officers carrying several bags. He acted nervous when police asked if they could check the bags he was holding, investigators wrote.

Police said they found three laptop computers and two iPads. When it was powered on, one of the iPads showed the victim’s emails on the screen.

Authorities said Nguyen was not authorized to be in the buildings.

A preliminary hearing for Nguyen is set for Wednesday.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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