Program tracks APS student’s stolen MacBook

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – If you own a smartphone or laptop – you may have one of those programs meant to track it down if it’s ever stolen.

When Zabdiel Aldaz downloaded the program called “Prey” – meant to catch thieves who take your computer – he didn’t think he’d have to use it.

But after his MacBook was stolen, the program sent him pictures taken with the MacBook’s web cam.

Aldaz says despite the evidence, he’s had trouble getting help from police.

“It’s frustrating having all this pictures and evidence … possible things they could use to find the person, and not really doing anything about it and having me run around like crazy,” said Addaz, a junior at Manzano High School.

He says the case has gone back and forth between APD and APS police several times.

“At first it was the APD officer at APS, and he basically told me like, I’d have to get a subpoena from court and it’s a lot of trouble to go through,” Addaz said.

The program also took screenshots of what the user was looking at.

He thinks the user named “Kara” may have been the person who bought the Mac not knowing it was stolen.

Now, he just hopes he can get it back.

We reached out to both APS and APD about the missing MacBook. Neither was able to get back to us with any information. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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