Digital Vigilantes: Using eBay to Catch a Truck Thief

He didn't want to seem too eager. In fact, he didn't want to do anything to tip Colbert off. And although he thought he might be putting his life at risk, Adams called Colbert and asked to set up a Saturday morning test drive. To be sure that Adams wouldn't be recognized, a friend volunteered to play the part of "Sam" during the face-to-face meeting.

And that's how Ben Adams ended up hidden inside a Chevy TrailBlazer on a Saturday morning, calling 911. Patrol cars speeding to the scene met up with Adams and his friend about a half-mile from the warehouse and followed the amateur sleuths back to the truck.

"They probably had a two-minute window where they probably could have shut the warehouse door and hit the road," Adams said.

But the thieves didn't leave, and now Adams has his truck back. And this time he plans to keep it.

When a newsgroup acquaintance offered to let him have sex with his 6-year-old daughter, Brad Willman changed his life and became a crusader against child pornography. He wrote a Trojan horse program that he claims helped send 70 pedophiles to prison, including a prominent Orange County, Calif., judge.


(Nancy Gohring of IDG News Service contributed to this story.)

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