Laptop thief 'returns files on USB stick'
Published Oct 18 2010, 15:43 BST | By Mayer Nissim
A thief who stole a laptop computer from a professor has reportedly backed up the machine and returned the files to his victim.
The unnamed owner, who works at Umeå University in northern Sweden, had left his backpack behind a door in his apartment's stairwell for a few moments when going to the laundry room, The Local
The bag was grabbed but later returned, with his keys, calendar and credit cards still present but his computer and library card stolen.
"Unfortunately, I have been bad at backing up my computer," he told the Västerbottens-Kuriren
A week later, a USB stick which had stolen with the computer was also returned in an envelope, and all the documents and personal files from the machine had been backed up on it.
The professor explained: "Often when people lose their computers and cameras, it is understandably not the gadget itself that is the most important. The content is often irreplaceable."
Of his still-missing library card, the man quipped: "Perhaps the thief needs to improve him or herself."