There is an interesting story out of Nashville, Tennessee where an alert, tech-savvy victim was able to solve his own crime. The man, a committed gamer, was shocked to return from a vacation to his apartment to find it ransacked. Gone were various valuable items including his PlayStation 4, PS4, two televisions, a laptop, and other assorted items. Then he noticed something odd: the PS4 was still connected to his wifi.
The victim quickly concluded that the thief had to be nearby to be using his wifi and suspected his neighbor across the hall. The police searched the nearby apartment and found the stolen items and arrested Phillip D. Booker who was also found with marijuana. Booker reportedly confessed to busting through the door and stealing the items. He pawned the two televisions and a tablet, but could not resist playing on the gaming equipment.
Booker faces charges of Aggravated Burglary and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
It is likely to be a common pattern as electronics become linked with wifi and other systems, allowing police to more easily track devices.