An Omaha disc jockey took action after someone stole thousands of dollars worth of his equipment. A little detective work went a long way toward getting his things back.
Kevin Spracklin loves to see people dancing and having a good time. He's a DJ and owner of Showtime Music so his computer equipment is his livelihood. When he realized some of it was missing last December he was determined to find out who took it. “One guy I had just fired so I knew it had to be him." That “guy,” Joshua Ginsburg, had left town.
Spracklin filed a police report, but didn't think he would ever see his equipment again. “I understand the reality of the situation and that is that the police don't have time to look for computers and DJ equipment."
Taking a friend’s advice, he went to Craigslist and played detective himself. “Go to Omaha area, since they are computers, I went to computer." And he found it!
Spracklin knew right away it was his equipment because along with the serial number he also has special markings on the equipment, like tape or a nail polish dot on the mouse. He set up a sting, calling the person off Craigslist and letting police know he had set up a meeting.
“Once I started recovering it I was just on a mission. It just got better and better. It's popping up here on the Internet, it's popping up there, so I really had hope.” Spracklin says it turns out Ginsburg had already sold the equipment to others. Then those people, not knowing it was stolen, were selling it on Craigslist.
Spracklin is just happy he has his equipment back, allowing his clients to dance on.
As for Ginsburg, Spracklin and his friend were able to track him down themselves after receiving a tip on where he was. They called authorities and Ginsburg was arrested, charged with felony theft.