Netflix account used to track down stolen TV

Netflix can do more than commandeer an entire Saturday afternoon as you binge-watch House of Cards, as it turns out. It can help you track down your stolen television.

According to a search warrant filed in Hennepin County, Minneapolis police responded to 256 Xerxes Avenue North in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood after the victim's 55-inch Samsung Smart TV had reportedly been stolen. Investigators learned the victim's Netflix account was being used by somebody else, and used the Comcast IP address to track it down.

The IP address was assigned to a house on the 3800 block of Eckberg Drive in Brooklyn Center, and police discovered the TV, among other items, including a MacBook, an iPad and a handgun.

Here's how it happened:

Last July, David Corrigan said, in broad daylight, someone broke into his house and stole his brand new television. A few months ago, he started seeing something fishy; shows he never watched were popping up on his Netflix "recently watched" section, so he called police.

Police are still searching for the person who stole it, but did arrest a man for allegedly buying it.


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