TULSA - It may not surprise you that laptops and iPads are among the most stolen items in Tulsa.
But what may surprise you, is how easy it is for thieves to sell them.
As a wedding and event planner, Ashley Farthing relies on her laptop and iPad.
That's why she panicked when someone stole her tablet.
"It still had a lot of data on it and thank goodness I had backed it up just the week before," said Ashley.
And Ashley's not alone.
Sgt. Shellie Wood with the Tulsa Police Department works stolen tablet and laptop cases every week.
Unfortunately she says finding those stolen devices isn't easy.
"There does need to be a change," said Wood.
Specifically, a change in the laws, which right now police say are filled with loopholes.
Many thieves bring their stolen iPads and laptops to pawn shops, so police require pawn shops to report to them everything they take in.
That's why many thieves started taking their stolen stuff to other re-sell shops like used-computer stores, because they don't have to report a thing.
Pawn shops must also hold electronics for 10 days before selling them, giving police time to review the items to see if any were reported stolen.
But used-computer stores don't have to do that either.
"We need a longer holding time," said Wood.
TPD is demanding new laws that require pawn shops and used computer stores to hold electronics for 30 days before selling them.
Investigators also want all electronics sold to computer shops reported to them, just like pawn shops.
And finally they say all pawn and computer shops should have to make copies of the seller's driver's license so detectives can easily find that person if they turn out to be a thief.
"I applaud our police department for being proactive on this and not just sitting on their hands and saying we work with the laws that we have to work with," said Tulsa City Councilor, G.T. Bynum.
Bynum is now working with Tulsa Police to get tougher laws on the books.
"I think what you'll be seeing in the near future because of Channel 2 really bringing this to the public is a council review of a possible ordinance," said Bynum.
Some used-computer stores in Tulsa say they're already doing what Tulsa Police want even though it's not legally required.
At Wholesale Computer Supply, they make a copy of every seller's driver's license and make them sign an affidavit, confirming that they're the owner.
"We don't want to by anything that's stolen," said Randy Wilson, managing owner of Wholesale Computer Supply.
Like so many others, Ashley bought a new iPad after never getting her old one back.
"I felt really violated," said Ashley.
She fully supports the efforts to make it easier for other victims to get theirs' back.
"I definitely would be all for making the laws much tougher," she said.
Laws that would close the stolen iPad and laptop loopholes that so many thieves, are walking right through.
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