Mark C. Baxter, 19, of Columbus, N.J., faces charges after police found child porn on a computer he is accused of stealing from the retail store.
In early March, a customer purchased a new Sony VAIO notebook computer from the Middletown Circuit City. When he brought the Sony box home, he opened it and found a used Gateway notebook computer inside. Middletown police Detective Greg Kneiss began investigating and found the VAIO box had been purchased on Feb. 28 in New Jersey through Baxter's credit card and then returned to the Middletown store.
Police obtained a search warrant for the Visa account and tracked it and the used Gateway computer to Baxter, according to court records.
Baxter admitted to the theft during an interview in March and returned the new computer to the Middletown Police Department.
When Kneiss checked the new Sony computer to make sure it hadn't been tampered with, he found several child porn videos, according to court records.
After examining the computer, the state Attorney General's Office Computer Forensic Unit found 43 videos of child pornography.
Baxter was arrested Friday and sent to Bucks County Prison.