Woman finds stolen property with app, can’t recover it

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An app helped an Albuquerque woman find her stolen laptop, but she still could not recover it.

Bethany Baca said burglars stole five guitars, two laptops, an iPad and other electronics that amounted to about $10,000.

“I was panicking… It kind of didn’t seem real at first,” she said.

Baca discovered it after a weekend camping trip. She got back Sunday to her house near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Ave NE and I-25.

That night, the Find My Mac app that she had on her phone alerted her that someone turned on her laptop. It said it was someone right next door.

She pointed out the map that showed her laptop was inside a nearby health facility.

Police got there an hour after Baca called. By that point, police said the GPS connection was lost so they couldn’t have gotten a search warrant.

They did a walk-through of the place but didn’t find anything.

“It feels very frustrating,” Baca said. “I really wish I could go back and just go over there right when it showed up on my GPS.”

Police said they understand the frustration but they have to prioritize their calls.

“We have to reserve high priority calls for human life, and danger to human life and not to property,” said Ofc. Tanner Tixier with the Albuquerque Police Department.

Baca said the burglars broke in through a back door.

A low wall separates her backyard from the healthy facility’s parking lot. She’s been calling next door to ask about surveillance video. The facility tells her they are looking into it but haven’t found anything yet.

Baca said she questioned a security guard from the building next door who had been working the weekend she was gone but couldn’t get a straight answer from him.

Baca said she and her roommates will likely be looking for a new place to live.

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