The father of an armed robbery victim found a clue that might lead to identifying a suspect. His son’s stolen laptop signed on to the Internet two days after the theft.
That led to an IP address which an Internet provider can recognize with a street address. Joe Turco said, “It’s a lead, maybe the only lead so far in the case.”
19-year old Sam Turco had been robbed at gunpoint in a University Village apartment at UNO last month. Sam describes opening the door just a crack when he heard a knock. Sam said, “He pushes in and I step back because he had a gun in my face.” Sam said the robber even pulled out the full clip to show he meant business. The robber took student laptops from the apartment.
Sam’s computer has tracking software and his father found the IP address where the computer was being used. Joe Turco said, “I called police and I said call me back right away because I got a hot lead in the case. It took them a week to call me back.”
Police said detectives acted as quickly as possible on the lead. Omaha police spokesman Jake Bettin said, “We have to follow the law and in this case we’ve applied for the subpoena, it’s been signed by a judge and we’re waiting back from the service provider for the address of the IP address.”
Sam Turco said, “You have a window of time to use this information to capture the criminal.” Sam has moved back home since the robbery.