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Old 10-11-2012, 09:02 AM   #26
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so you bought this used. How do you know it wasn't stolen to begin with

Also, you blew your cover when you texted "its a police matter". You need to be schooled a bit more on sting operations

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If you use MAC filtering on your router (i have a list when I connect through Wireless Tether on my android phone) you may be able to match that up, even if you don't have the actual serial #.

See if your router keeps a log of all MAC ids that connect.
I was thinking the same, and to convince the cops that may not be tech savvy, you'd have to let them know that the MAC is a unique identifier.... like a serial number.

That said, is it worth it? I mean, its an Apple anyway. Instead, just buy some windows or linux
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:05 AM   #27
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Yep, just went into my cisco router, it has a list of dhcp clients (with a current lease) and lists the MAC addresses.

You can do this OP! If necessary, I would purchase it, get her license plate, etc... then demand your money back/rest of your stuff or else you will get the police involved.

*and then have them arrested anyways when you get the rest of your stuff back.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:06 AM   #28
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Actually, with a MAC address like stated above, he CAN prove it's his, even if it's been reformatted.
Not as certain as a serial. After all the other party could claim they connected at his house, once.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:39 AM   #29
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We just ran into this with a stolen bicycle. We never recorded the SN because the dealer said he had. Only he had not.

I went out and took pictures of all the other bikes and took the serial numbers down. Now I need to make sure I have my laptop SN. I know I have my GPS.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:01 AM   #30
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You should have just shown the ad to the popo instead of playing cop.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:05 AM   #31
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Can you get the serial from the previous owner?
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:18 PM   #32
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You shouldn't of blown your cover from the get go...
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:37 PM   #33
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Rob it back. Bust out your wallet and follow up with a gun. Easy day.
Seriously what's she going to do call the cops? Go meet up with her and take that **** back if it's yours.

Alternative, have a friend go look at it, remember the serial the number, then call the cops saying it's yours. Your friend better have a good memory though.

Or just write it off and be more careful about your stuff in the future.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:42 PM   #34
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a similar situation happened to me on this site a few years back.

a member here was stealing bits and pieces off local subaru and trying to sell them to people on nasioc. I went to the cops and they said they couldnt do anything w/o 100% proof it was mine (ie: hella makes XXXX amount of lights a year, how do you know its yours).

At the time we knew the kids name, address, phone #, age, and high school he went to.

he ended up confessing and giving everyone stuff back.


my suggestion. is it worth it to you to show up and confront her over this and maybe get jumped or shot by her guys watching to make sure the shady transaction goes ok? if it is make sure you atleast let someone know what you are doing. i say its not worth it if the cops wont be there.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:56 AM   #35
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meet up as if you're gonna buy it and steal it back.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:08 AM   #36
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http://preyproject.com/

But that only works before it gets stolen, and assuming they don't wipe/replace the drive.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:10 AM   #37
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This sounds like a job for Superman.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:15 AM   #38
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I know your computer is valuable to you, but really what is it worth? $500? Taxpayers have to pay for the police's time. It's simply not cost-effective to pay police to spend a lot of time dealing with minor crimes when there are much more serious crimes they could be working on. Collect your insurance money and move on.
yea like arresting people for smoking pot and driving out to get food... serious crimes in the eyes of America..
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:00 AM   #39
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Break into a similar vehicle, steal similar equipment as yours, sell it on craigslist to raise money, buy your stolen items off craigslist from the thieves. Do this with money left over and you have beaten them at their own game.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:16 AM   #40
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Break into a similar vehicle, steal similar equipment as yours, sell it on craigslist to raise money, buy your stolen items off craigslist from the thieves. Do this with money left over and you have beaten them at their own game.
Aaaand trying too hard.

I've never met a single person that amounted to anything that came from Michigan. In fact, there's so many of your stunted elderlies clogging my roads from here till spring, I'll submit that EV ER EE ONE from Michigan sucks goat dick professionally and prides themselves on the size of cheese curds that they can make in their own personal ice box of SUUUUUUUUUUUUCKFAAAAAAAAACE.

**** you.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:12 AM   #41
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yea like arresting people for smoking pot and driving out to get food... serious crimes in the eyes of America..
Drugged driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. You should have stocked up on Doritos beforehand. Fail to plan, plan to fail.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:24 AM   #42
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One member here got his bike stolen. It showed up in craigslist.
He set up to buy the bike, and had informed the police about it. he showed up with his uncle or something. As soon as the guy with the bike showed up, he identified the bike and called the police. Police show up and give him the bike back. THe other guy might have been taken in for questions.

That is what you need to do. Get the person to come out with the laptop, identify it, call police. You screwed up by stating it was "police business" already.

Oh an take pics. Cant have a thread here without pics.
Ha. I know that parking lot.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:44 AM   #43
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That guy was able to prove it was his bike. OP can prove nothing. He may know beyond a shadow of a doubt the computer is his but that is worth nothing to the cops.
if you ever stole his computer didnt bother formating it, it would be very easy to prove its his.

Here is how it should go.
Convince seller to show up at public place with laptop.
Once there, take a look, power it on, log-in. Oh, this is my stolen laptop. Here are my photos. See this one, that's me.
Call police.
Friends come out of shadows and hold the seller there till police come out.
Done.

Seller doesnt sound too smart. Id say this would be the case.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:12 AM   #44
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I only ask one question when in these kinds of situations.

"What would Dexter do?"
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:29 AM   #45
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Aaaand trying too hard.

I've never met a single person that amounted to anything that came from Michigan. In fact, there's so many of your stunted elderlies clogging my roads from here till spring, I'll submit that EV ER EE ONE from Michigan sucks goat dick professionally and prides themselves on the size of cheese curds that they can make in their own personal ice box of SUUUUUUUUUUUUCKFAAAAAAAAACE.

**** you.


Tells poster he's trying too hard

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Tries too hard to insult poster
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:33 AM   #46
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Tells poster he's trying too hard

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Tries too hard to insult poster


Alcohol is no excuse, 0rbbie.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:07 AM   #47
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Tells poster he's trying too hard

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He's definitely hating too hard. Relax the hate. It feels more natural that way.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:11 AM   #48
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Good suggestions on the MAC address.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:13 PM   #49
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He's definitely hating too hard. Relax the hate. It feels more natural that way.

That's cause he's a Texas sized douche.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:32 PM   #50
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Good suggestions on the MAC address.
Thanks.

I can pretty much guarantee he's not getting his stuff back with this lazy attitude though. Started the thread for advice and then never came back.

*great move calling yourself out on the 'police matter' too.
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