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Program helps identify computer thief

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MESA, Ariz. -

A program on a Mesa couple's computer helped them track down who stole it. How is that possible?

The couple first confronted the thieves, using a program that's free to download. Then a data backup program called Carbonite possibly captured the proof police need to bust the thieves.

"It's so brazen and it's so violating. I felt someone punched me in the stomach," says Christiana Doba.

Christiana and Derrick Doba were stunned when thieves stole their computer from their Mesa office last month. Then they sprung into action.

"We have a program called Log Me In that is installed on the computer. It allows us to access it remotely," says Derrick.

Shortly after the theft, the Doba's saw the alleged thieves were online.

"They logged on and we saw them."

"It was like, oh yeah lets go get 'em get 'em!"

"Since the other individual found me controlling the computer we were now fighting for control over the computer," says Derrick.

Derrick quickly typed a message to the suspects.

"I typed some choice words, I won't repeat them, I basically said, 'bring back our computer, we can see you, the police are on the way,'" says Derrick.

The crooks didn't log on again.

Days later, when Christiana got her new computer, the couple's data backup program called Carbonite automatically restored their programs to her new computer -- and more.

"She says 'oh my I think we have pictures of these guys.'"

"I found pictures from their whole trip," says Christiana.

"The one main picture of the shirtless guy sitting on her actual laptop, so someone took a picture of him then they uploaded them onto her computer," says Derrick.

Tuesday, police contacted the couple.

"They said 'yeah, we pretty much figured it out, we have the address, we're at the suspects' house, we're going to talk with them now.'"

"Every time I have a computer snafu I'm cursing technology but in this case I'm seeing the bright side," says Derrick.

Mesa Police were not able to confirm any arrests in connection with the case, but say they'll keep us updated.

The Log Me In program is free. The Dobas say they pay $500 a year for the Carbonite program.

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