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Owner tracks stolen electronic tablet to suspected thief in Auburn

Police say that the owner of a stolen electronic tablet tracked the device to an Auburn shopping center area where the suspected thief was confronted.

Auburn police said after the owner performed the amateur detective work, they arrested Adam LaHaye, 28, of Auburn, on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.

Police said that on Friday a theft report was taken in which a backpack containing the tablet was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 500 block of Nevada Street in Auburn. The next evening, the owner of the tablet, using a tacking device via the internet, traced the tablet to the Auburn Town Center area. The victim found the suspected thief walking in the area and confronted LaHaye.

LaHaye returned the tablet to the owner, according to a police press release. The theft victim then called Auburn police and officers arrested LaHaye.