Identity thief busted by calling tech support for his stolen driver's license printer

Nilay Patel
N. Patel|10.23.07

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Nilay Patel
October 23rd, 2007
In this article: crime, digimarc, missouri, thief
Identity thief busted by calling tech support for his stolen driver's license printer
You know, if you don't know how to use a gadget, you probably shouldn't go to the trouble of stealing it, because your ass is as good as busted when you call tech support. In the latest case of a criminal not grasping this simple concept, a genius known as Timothy Scott Short stole a Digimarc printer used by the state of Missouri to print driver's licenses and casually called the company to procure the needed software drivers -- which caught the attention of the Secret Service agents already investigating him for identity theft. Digimarc isn't saying how the Secret Service knew Short had called, but since the printer can only be used to print Missouri IDs, it's safe to say they might have had a hunch.
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