Stolen University Laptop Recovered
Authorities track down a pilfered laptop that contained tens of thousands of students' personal data.
The computer, containing the information of 98,000 people, was swiped March 11 when the thief entered a restricted area of the Graduate Division office, which was momentarily unoccupied, according to the university.
Administrators originally feared the data might be used by crooks to open up bank accounts or obtain credit cards. It is not clear whether any incidents of fraud has actually taken place.
The university said the computer had a new operating system installed after the theft.
The unnamed San Francisco man was charged with possession of stolen property after campus police discovered the laptop had been sold over the Internet by him to a South Carolina resident.
The man told police he did not know the name of the woman who sold him the laptop, but he provided a description of her that matched that of a woman seen leaving the campuss Graduate Division offices on March 11 with the laptop, according to campus police.