Church Computer Thief Arrested After Calling IT Security To Remove Porn Block

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A thief stole a computer from inside a church, but he was only caught after his repeated attempts to try and access pornography on the machine were thwarted by a security company, that he then rang to try and remove the porn block, who then lead the police straight to him.

Troy Ridling, who is a member of the Owasso First Assembly of God, which is located in Oklahoma, stole the piece of machinery from his own parish earlier in the month.

The church recognised that the theft was probably an inside job, as there wasn’t any signs of a break-in. However they still didn’t have any clues to help them find the criminal, and even after they called the police, who were of little help due to the lack of evidence, they were still flummoxed to how they could catch the person responsible.

However, Covenant Eyes, a tracking software company, soon helped crack the case wide open, when they noticed some peculiar activity on the stolen device.

They called the church to tell them that whoever had the computer was trying to access a lot of porn, but they were unable to.

Covenant Eyes, which is able to show users exactly what has tried to have been accessed, managed to locate Ridling after he contacted them and asked the company to take down the blocking device. They called officers, who went directly to him. They even denied his request to take the porn block off too.

The church was right in their guess, as Ridling used to attend services at Owasso First Assembly of God.

Police then arrested the thief, who after at first denying he took the computer, immediately confessed to the deed when they found it in his home. He has been charged with burglary, and possession of stolen property. He has since been released from the jail, in Tulsa County.

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