Civil engineering PhD student Kinan Bahbouh said he left his laptop on the floor while meeting a friend at a coffee shop and when he looked down, the computer had vanished.

Bahbouh, who attends the École Polytechnique de Montréal, said he filed a police report last spring but it was his own sleuthing that led him to the alleged thieves.

A few weeks ago, the people who took the laptop started using an online file storage service that he subscribes to.

Bahbouh says the thieves uploaded close to a thousand pictures and videos of themselves.

Kinan Bahbouh laptop theft

Montrealer Kinan Bahbouh says he was able to track down the people who stole his laptop, after the culprits posted photos and videos of themselves. (Raffy Boudjikanian/CBC)

"I received like a huge quantity of information," he said.

When Bahbouh reached out to police with the new information, he said they told him a stolen laptop is not a priority.

He said he was also warned against trying to retrieve the computer on his own.

'Police should at the very least try to contact these people, or even go to knock on their door'- Eric Sutton, Montreal criminal defense attorney

"I'm afraid that someone will use my personal information for the wrong reasons and I would like to insist that the police do something," Bahbouh said.

Montreal police would not comment on Bahbouh's file.

Eric Sutton, a Montreal criminal defense attorney, said authorities should be doing more. 

Sutton said if Bahbouh's evidence looks plausible enough, police don't need a warrant to investigate.

"Police should at the very least try to contact these people, or even go to knock on their door," Sutton said.

Bahbouh is not sure what his next steps will be, but he said he's certain of one thing — he'll be more wary of where he leaves his new laptop.

"I really put it beside me, not on the floor."

CBC News Posted: Feb 25, 2014

In November, 2013, vandals slashed the tires of many cars in NDG. My car was among those damaged.

The criminals were so audacious, they actually left their business cards in the windshields of the cars they damaged with the name of their enterprise and the phone number of the dealer who could replace our tires.

I gave the Montreal Police a detailed report. I do not expect them to do anything. In my experience, the Montreal Police have no interest in pursuing criminals and no concern for crime victims.

See my detailed reports of

The Dawn McSweeney Robbery, carried out with the help of a Montreal Police officer.

Now with more than 136,000 readers around the world, but still no justice for victims of the Montreal Police and their associates.

Phyllis Carter