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Sheriff's office: 'Career criminal' arrested after deputies use stolen laptop app to find him

Sheriff's office: 'Career criminal' arrested after deputies use stolen laptop app to find him

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SPANISH FORK — A Provo man who has been booked into the Utah County Jail 40 times was arrested again Monday after deputies used an app to track a stolen laptop to a business where the man worked, the sheriff's office said.

Steven Brad Laursen, 40, was arrested in connection with a home burglary near Spanish Fork, as well as on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, marijuana and other narcotics, and unlawful possession of two swords found in his apartment, Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said.

Cannon said sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a burglary at a home in the Lakeshore area of Utah County, just west of Spanish Fork, Monday afternoon. The woman told deputies that she had arrived at her home and found a door window had been broken. She discovered that her Apple MacBook Pro laptop, a camera, a man’s wedding band, a box with jewelry inside and a small amount of cash had been stolen.

Cannon said detectives then used a “Find My Mac” app to track the laptop to a Lindon business. Deputies searched the business and located Laursen, who was an employee of the business, but they did not find the laptop.

During the process of the investigation, deputies found Laursen had some of the other items that had been reported stolen from the home, including the wedding band, Cannon said. The laptop was never recovered.

The sheriff’s office then obtained a search warrant to Laursen’s apartment in Provo, where two large swords and narcotics were found, Cannon said.

Court records show Laursen has a lengthy criminal record in Utah. "This man is a career criminal who has spent the vast majority of his adult life in prison," Cannon said.

He said Laursen had been booked into jail 40 times and has spent 18 of his 22 years since turning 18 years old in jail or prison.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.


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