Good-hearted thief

A professor who teaches at Umeå University in Sweden was devastated when 10 years of work stored on his laptop was stolen.

But to his surprise, a week after the theft, the entire contents of his laptop were posted to him on a USB stick.

“I am very happy. This story makes me feel hope for humanity,” said the professor.

He left his bag, containing the laptop, hidden behind a door in his apartment stairwell while he went into the building’s laundry room. When he emerged a short time later, the bag had gone.

It was returned shortly after, without the laptop.

“The backpack was there again with all the papers, calendar and credit cards. It was just the computer that was missing,” he said.

“Unfortunately, I have been bad at backing up my computer.”

However, a week after the theft, the professor received a USB stick containing all the documents – which would have taken several hours to download.

“It is my life. I have documented everything in it that has happened in the last 10 years and beyond.

“Often when people lose their computers and cameras, it is understandably not the gadget itself that is the most important. The content is often irreplaceable.”