Fran Harrington, a Jamaica Plain resident, had not his first, not his second, but his third laptop stolen a few weeks ago when someone .
Considering he already had two laptops stolen, it's not surprising that Harrington had installed GPS tracking software onto the machine.
But what was surprising was the story that played out when he found it.
Harrington and Boston Police Detectives were able to track his laptop to an address on Harrison Avenue in the South End.
But, according to Harrington, the detective working with him told him a family had spent $900 on the stolen computer — without, they say, knowing it had been stolen. The computer was a gift to their son to take off to college in September.
"It was a weird feeling of emotions," Harrington told BostInno. "I was psyched to get my computer back, but I realized the people who ended up with my computer—at no fault of their own—they thought they were getting a computer, now they are out of a computer and the money.”
So that's when he decided to raise the $900 necessary to repay the South End family and replace his own laptop. He started a page on Indiegogo with a goal of $900.
"I know that the money they spent on my computer was money they were investing in an education, buying a computer for the son going to college," he wrote on his fundraising page. "All I want is to give them a computer back worth the money they paid for mine. It just seems like something I would want people to do if I was ever in a simliar situation."
As of Aug. 29, Harrington had already raised $950. He said any money raised over the goal amount would be donated to the Edwards Scholarship Fund in Boston.