Saturday, August 18, 2007

I May Be A Loser, But....

...a crafty loser, I must say.

CRIME SCENE UPDATE:

So before resigning myself to having to get another laptop after last night's 'grab and dash', I spent this morning wheeling around town to some of the closest Pawn shops just to see if it might have shown up.

Think like a criminal, I thought. Lucky me, it'd been taken to number 3.

And the owner (who was most pleasant and let me turn it on --- all data still there) let me identify it without even asking me for serial numbers or anything. I must have looked that desperate, or honest, or both. Police were contacted and now I'm just having to wait for an officer or someone from Crime division to come down and take a statement and then it can be released to me.

Other bit of good fortune was fact that Dell laptop's have two numbers on the bottom - the Tag Number and the Express Service Code. I had the Tag number from the original receipt, and had given that to the police, but not the Express Code. It was the Express Code the pawn shop owner had entered into his database (which is linked to the police database). So it might not have surfaced via that check.

Pawn shop owner also gave me waaaaay too much info about the perp...how disappointed he was in her since she thought she was starting to get her life together, but speculated she'd been forced to pawn it by someone else.

I didn't really care...my baby's back. Phew.

13 comments:

Kelly J. Compeau said...

Dude, that's awesome. Not only do you get the computer back with all the info intact, but they've got what they need to make an arrest.

How many pawn shops would you have gone to? 10...15...20, trying to find it.

The Moviequill said...

glad you got it back, my worst fear is suffering that sort of loss... bad that someone was trying parked cars that fast to come across yours

Diane Kristine said...

Good for you, Detective Will!

Callaghan said...

I never would have thought of that. Would have figured there wasn't a chance in hell that I'd find it at a pawnshop.

I would have been on dell.ca about 20 minutes after I got home, freaking out about the money, but excited about a new toy.

Congrats dude...

wcdixon said...

Don't get me wrong --- I had a new laptop built and just needed to press 'send' to order it...thought I'd give it a day of looking first, that's all.

morjana said...

Congratulations on finding your stolen property! Very good sleuthing there...

Thank you also for a very enjoyable blog. I don't comment often, but I do read daily.

Best wishes, Morjana

Peter said...

Congrats on getting your laptop back! I can only imagine how badly I'd be freaking out if mine got stolen...

All's well that ends well...

Grumpy O. Selznick said...

Im lamenting over the loss of data b/c of an incomplete transfer from very old ibook to new macbook. Very happy you got your machine back. Backed up or not, it would have been a headache, guaranteed.

Grumpy O. Selznick said...

Wait, is this true. I think I remember it as the beginning of an episode of The Shield.

DMc said...

no way! that's crazy shit!

..but admit it, Will...

...you still want the new laptop.

Admit it!

wcdixon said...

Oh no no no. I LOVE my old laptop...

Um...

Though those new Dell XPS models with TruLife glossy widescreens and all dem fancy colours look pretty sweet.

"sweating"

Must resist...

"shakes fist at sky"

Damn you, McGrath!

Juniper said...

.... hey you didn't really buy yourself anything in 2007.... don't you kind of deserve it????

And I'm sure one of your children would be able to make good use the laptop and printer.

Go ahead, push that 'send' button...

:)

DMc said...

Heh heh heh heh he

Exxxxxxxccccelllllllennnt.