Thief Steals Laptop, Returns Data on USB Stick

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Thief Steals Laptop, Returns Data on USB Stick

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A university professor in Sweden has "hope for humanity" after the thief who stole his laptop backed up all his data and mailed it to him on a USB stick.

Having your laptop stolen sucks, but what really hurts is the loss of everything on it. Whether it's family vacation photos or the sum total of your life's work, that's stuff that you just can't get back unless you're seriously conscientious about making backups. And come on, who does that? So when a Swedish professor discovered that somebody had swiped his laptop, he was understandably crushed.

The anonymous professor, who'd recently undergone surgery, decided to leave his backpack, containing keys, credit cards, various documents and his laptop, behind a door in the stairwell of his building while he popped into the laundry room. Bad move: When he returned, it was gone.

He reported the theft and canceled his credit cards, but it was the loss of his "irreplaceable" calendar that really hurt. "It is my life," he said. "I have documented everything in it that has happened in the last 10 years and beyond."

But in a surprising turn of events, when he went back to the stairwell a little later, most of his stuff was back. "The backpack was there again. With all the papers, calendar and credit cards. It was just the computer that was missing," he said. "Unfortunately, I have been bad at backing up my computer."

Luckily, he'd been robbed by the World's Most Considerate Thief, because about a week later a USB stick containing all of his documents and personal files was delivered to his home. Despite the loss of the computer, the professor was "delighted" with the outcome, noting that laptops can be easily replaced but what's on them often cannot. "I am very happy," he said. "This story makes me feel hope for humanity."

Aside from the laptop, the only other stolen item that hasn't been returned is the professor's library card. "Perhaps the thief needs to improve him or herself," he said.

Source: The Local

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that's awesome!

A true gentleman thief. I wish all criminals were this awesome.
This makes me feel a bit better about having thieves in my RPG parties.

it would be very crushing to have all that work stolen, but this makes me chuckle a bit. And, someday, might end up on one of those cop's and robbers shows, as the worlds kindest thief :)

Doesn't give me any more hope for humanity though, he still stole his laptop... and his library card...

seriously who does that? :P

A nice thief who'd a thunk it.

Well I guess some people are caring enough to give some stuff back, I dont think this would excuse a theft but its still a bit of a good show of character.

C95J:
Doesn't give me any more hope for humanity though, he still stole his laptop... and his library card...

seriously who does that? :P

Agreed. Aren't library cards free?

SageRuffin:

C95J:
Doesn't give me any more hope for humanity though, he still stole his laptop... and his library card...

seriously who does that? :P

Agreed. Aren't library cards free?

I believe so, he must collect them.

And laptops :)

Thieves now wear top hats and monocles.

The age of the gentleman thief is born.

The thief must have seen how much irreplaceable data the guy had on his laptop and felt bad. Good for him. I guess?

TimeLord:
Thieves now wear top hats and monocles.

The age of the gentleman thief is born.

I think that might drop your stealth score a little bit.

I remember a guy who was mugged for his camera and asked for the SD card which the thief threw at him. whoopee.

I wonder if you could use some super sexy computer forensics to find out details about the thief because they may be able to link it to them through info on the stick.

Also another harsh lesson in backing up your data is learned. I have a schedule. Every month I check for testicular cancer and back up my main files

Well.. I'm not sure how to feel. He stole, whihc is bad, but left everything important, whihc is good. THe university will most likely give the profesor a new laptop and right it off as some kinda work expense to get a cheap deal on it. So its not like its a major loss.

But that does give me hope for humanity. Yeah, its not a big imporvement, but in a world of teens beating old people to death, little girls being essentially raped in cafeterias (public, crowded cafeterias), and all the violence and death, this makes me smile, just a bit.

my opinion on this matter is that the thief returned him all the data because he/she/it/you/we/they needed space for p0rnz

Well, what a considerate sort that thief was. Not everyday you hear a story like this.

Granted, he could have always just not nabbed the laptop in the first place, but still, at least this was showing some decency.

Wow. You don't usually think about the person behind the criminal, but this really makes you think.

Hmmmm, a nice gesture, but what would have been nicer would be to, you know, not steal the laptop or anything else in the first place... :P

Didn't think I'd make the news today...<_<...>_>

uh, WIN. this is awesome, and it gives me hope for humanity

In the words of Roger Smith, "I believe criminals should behave professionally."
And here's one who does.
I'd still press charges, if I were the prof, but I'd see about getting him a reduced sentence. And maybe a job or some therapy (depending on why he steals.)

Must be Trilby... or just some thief who needed a laptop but not pictures of non-naked people.

C95J:

SageRuffin:

C95J:
Doesn't give me any more hope for humanity though, he still stole his laptop... and his library card...

seriously who does that? :P

Agreed. Aren't library cards free?

I believe so, he must collect them.

He is a gentleman and a scholar.

It's not exactly heartwarming (the guy is at least a couple hundred dollars in the hole because of this) but at least it wasn't a complete horror story.

I dunno. I'm calling this one a wash.

That's pretty damn cool.

I mean yeah he stole the laptop and stuff but....that's pretty considerate for a thief. Cool stuff :)

I have to agree with the professor on this one. Posessions can be replaced, but data, nay, MEMORIES, are much harder to.

I'd probably feel the same way if my PS3 was stolen, and the next week, the hard drive or something was returned. I'd say, "Damn, well, that's 300 bucks down the drain, but at least I've still got my game saves".

The PS3 is just hardware, but the data is all of the battles I've had, the challenges I've overcome, and the stories I've experienced. THAT'S what's really important.

Stealing is wrong, but I feel the thief, perhaps, may have been stealing for something other than greed. Perhaps he needed food, or he had bills to pay. This is all speculation, of course, but it IS nice to believe that there's still goodness in the world.

On the one hand, stolen laptop... on the other, insurance policy and nothing important lost.

This is the kind of thief we see in the movies fellas.

Damn, the thief must play a lot of Fallout 3 -- and takes the Karma metre with him into real life.

oktalist:

C95J:

SageRuffin:

C95J:
Doesn't give me any more hope for humanity though, he still stole his laptop... and his library card...

seriously who does that? :P

Agreed. Aren't library cards free?

I believe so, he must collect them.

He is a gentleman and a scholar.

This guy deserves a medal!
If only we knew who he was...

At least there's one thief in the world with a shred of decency.

It's like trilby, incarnate.
0_0

World's Kindest Thief =) I wonder if he had intended to return that data before he stole it or was it him seeing the masses of data and something as personal as a calendar that made him want to. It gives me a little hope for humanity. I know he could have just not stolen it in the first place but data can be completly irreplaceable, whereas a laptop can be bought again.

I would have used a DVD instead of a USB stick to reduce expenses.

Wow, even if what he did was a dick move the fact that he returned most of the thing, and then returned all of the back-up memory, is a awesome thing.

Like he said, it's one of those nice things that gives you a bit of hope for the world after all the crap you hear daily.

Only in Sweden!

Btw, did anyone report the theft of a USB stick?

Xzi:
The thief must have seen how much irreplaceable data the guy had on his laptop and felt bad. Good for him. I guess?

TimeLord:
Thieves now wear top hats and monocles.

The age of the gentleman thief is born.

I think that might drop your stealth score a little bit.

but it does wonders for your charisma

OT:

woo!

'bout time a thief did the right thing...after the thieving thing...

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