Crime and Punishment

Man Busted for Stealing Church Computer When He Tries to Disable Porn Blocking Software

Stealing from a Best Buy would've been easier.
Troy Ridling. (Photo: KRMG/OPD)

Troy Ridling. (Photo: KRMG/OPD)

We don’t get the sense that Troy Ridling completely thought out his plan to steal his church’s computer to watch porn.

The setting is flyover country Oklahoma. Church employees discovered a computer (probably an old Packard Bell?) was missing, and they figured out it was an inside job since nothing was damaged and there was no sign of a break in.

It was, however, outfitted with tracking software, and so the church was notified when someone decided to take a look at some porn.

That someone was Mr. Ridling. He’d contacted the company to disable the software, so he could enjoy his YouPorn in peace. The company then contacted the police department and the church to alert them of the unholy act. When he was in police custody, he tried to deny stealing the desktop even though the police found it at his home.

He finally confessed and is sitting in a Tulsa County Jail. That, incidentally, feels like the start of a porno.

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