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MacBook owner puts alleged thief's dancing on YouTube

With the help of software, the owner of a stolen MacBook Air is able to get into his computer and see that the alleged thief has taken a picture of himself--and filmed himself dancing.

Sometimes, when you lose something, you can gain something too. Sometimes, when you feel someone has wronged you, there might be an avenue down which you can discover a little solace--or even a touch of revenge.

This seems to be the case with Mark Bao and his stolen MacBook Air.

Bao, you see, might have not done well in leaving his laptop in a lounge at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., allowing an opportunist to swipe it earlier this year. However, he had already embedded a little wisdom inside of his machine by installing BackBlaze software.

This, the way CBS tells it, allowed him to enter his laptop remotely and see what might be going on there. Or, indeed, going down.

And what a picture of humanity in the Facebook age was revealed.

The first thing the alleged thief reportedly did was photograph himself. Then he filmed himself dancing to Tyga's "Make It Rain." Bao, naturally, was impressed by the software's performance rather more than he was by the alleged thief's.

"From the files on the computer and some legwork, I was able to track down who [the alleged thief] was, his Facebook page, his e-mail, and the [now] infamous videos," he told CBS in a story published yesterday.

Why are the videos infamous? Oh, Bao put one up on YouTube, where it has now enjoyed almost 1 million views.

You might be stunned into abandoning your plans to waltz this weekend when I tell you that the alleged thief contacted Bao and begged him for mercy.

With a gall that some might find just a little pathetic, he sent Bao a Facebook message that reportedly read, in part: "I know I am in no position to ask you for favors but Can you please put down the videos that you have put up of me."

I wasn't aware that one could inject a video with the same substance that a vet uses to euthanize a rottweiler.

Bentley University spokeswoman Michele Walsh today told me: "The person who stole Mark Bao's laptop did return it and admitted the theft to our university police. The alleged thief is not a Bentley student." University police are pressing charges of larceny and trespassing, which were filed today, she said.

Bao, though, still can't decide what to do about the YouTube video. Be a modern man, Mark. Monetize it.