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POLICE: Laptop thief foiled by pesky GPS and Facebook page

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a Louisville man who stole a laptop made a critical error: he signed on to his Facebook page while the victim was monitoring the laptop remotely.

It happened Tuesday night, shortly after 10. Police received a report that a laptop had been stolen from the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center. When officers spoke with the victim, he told them that he was prepared for such an incident, explaining that his computer was equipped with GPS tracking and he was able to monitor what was on the screen.

The GPS indicated an address in the 3700 block of Hillcross Drive, near Blue Lick Road, but that's not the only thing police learned.

"The suspect was on his Facebook page, so the victim could see the suspect's name," police say.

That suspect, police say, was 47-year-old Alton C. Guntzviller, and he was employed as a security guard at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center.

When police drove to his home, they found him in front of his house. Officers quickly asked for an ID. Upon questioning, Guntzviller allegedly gave them the laptop and admitted that he took it from the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center.

He has been charged with theft.

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