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Wanted laptop theft suspect turns out to be Good Samaritan

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

Beaverton police were trying to track down a laptop theft suspect, but it turns out the man they were looking for had done the right thing after all.

Beaverton police asked for help this week tracking down a man caught by Trimet surveillance cameras carrying a 15-year-old girl's laptop.

It happened Oct. 26 at the Sunset Transit Center. Police said the girl boarded a MAX train and after it departed she realized she had left her laptop case on a bench at the transit center.

Police said the student returned as quickly as she could, but the computer was gone.

Beaverton police said after the story was shown on Fox 12, they received tips to find the man they thought was the suspect.

They tracked him down and it turned out he did have the girl's laptop, but he had no intention of keeping it. Instead he wanted to make sure it didn't end up stolen.

The man took the laptop with him to the airport and police said he did the right thing and gave it to a uniformed security guard. That private security worker was then found by officers Thursday.

Police said Joseph Wilson, 44, of Gresham, admitted keeping the laptop for his personal use and not making any attempt to return it to its owner. He works at the airport for the security firm G4S, according to investigators.

He was arrested on a felony theft charge.

Beaverton police said a person who comes into control of someone else's property commits theft if they don't take reasonable measures to return it to the rightful owner.

The computer had contact information for the owner taped to it.

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