Deseret Morning News
reports that a Mac equipped with an Apple iSight Web camera was instrumental in the capture of two Brigham Young University students who allegedly stole thousands of dollars of computer equipment.
Following suspcious activity at BYU’s David O. McKay building, lab attendants in the computer facility set up a Mac with an iSight camera (incorrectly identified in the article as an “eyesight” camera) to record activity in the lab.
“They must not be Apple-users or they would have spotted it,” said an unidentified BYU employee.
Although Apple’s iSight camera doesn’t come with any software that can record the images it captures, a number third-party Webcam software applications work with the iSight and provide that capability.
The video provided enough information to narrow the police department’s search to two students on campus — two 25 year old BYU students identified as Kristopher “Kia” Kamauu and Matthew Reinbold were taken into custody for investigation of burglary.
Formal charges haven’t been filed, according to the report. Both men posted bail when they appeared in court on Monday. BYU police Lt. Greg Barber told the newspaper that thousands of dollars in stolen electronic equipment was found at each man’s home following the execution of search warrants over the weekend.