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Stolen laptop leads deputies to assault rifle, other items

February 24, 2012 |  9:26 pm

Assault weapons

An Altadena man was facing federal weapons and stolen property charges Friday after sheriff’s detectives used theft recovery software to track a stolen laptop to his home.

Last month, Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives, backed by a search warrant, combed through the home of Raymond Jackson, 57, and found a trove of stolen goods, including a laptop that had been equipped with LoJack for Laptops theft recovery software. The laptop had been taken from an Altadena residence in May 2011.

Deputies homed in on Jackson by using the tracking software to monitor the laptop’s use. They captured keystrokes and screen images that helped them figure out who was using the computer and that it was being kept at Jackson’s address.

During their search, detectives also discovered a legally banned, unregistered assault rifle; a pair of loaded rifle magazines; a .32-caliber revolver with a scratched-off serial number; and six stolen iPhones.

Arrested at his home on the day of the search, Jackson was released after posting $50,000 bail and is scheduled to appear again in court March 12.


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Photo: Items recovered in burglary case. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department