Laptop Web cams are typically thought of as tools for video conferencing, but they can often be used to catch a thief.

A story over at freep.com explains how a woman whose laptop was stolen at a party got even with the thief, who is apparently not so bright.

The woman's laptop had remote access software installed, plus her instant messaging software automatically logged her into chat services, and the laptop had a Web cam. Can you see where this is going?

Head over and read the story to learn how the thief, who is now most likely headed to jail, got caught red handed.