MY STOLEN iPAD MYSTERY PARTLY SOLVED !

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    Mar 25, 2013 2:38 PM GMT
    I've been searching all over our house, and tore the car apart several times, and looking everywhere in the hospital where my husband is, thinking maybe I just misplaced my iPad. But today I got confirmation it was indeed stolen, and by the strangest means.

    My golfing buddy phoned me this morning (Mon), to see how my husband is doing. I replied he's great. He asked how I'm doing myself, and I said pretty good, but mentioned the disappearance of my iPad Saturday.

    He then related a strange phone call he got Saturday at 5 PM. A guy found his business card among a bunch of debris near a bus stop in Davie, Florida, about 6 miles from the hospital. This guy had called my golf buddy, and mentioned a check book and some other items he had found. The phone connection was bad, but at least my buddy got the phone number.

    I phoned this guy immediately, an hour ago. It's my stuff, my name on the checks, but no iPad among it. It proves it was stolen, and so quickly that it was found by 5 PM Saturday, when I had already narrowed the theft down to between 12:15 and 3 PM the same day. The thief must have stolen it out of my car almost as soon as I left it, and then departed the hospital campus.

    I'm leaving for the hospital shortly, waiting until my husband has been moved to his new non-ICU room. I will tell hospital security that the theft is confirmed, and they better start reviewing their parking garage security tapes quickly. I've had it with their excuses & delays.

    Given that we're friends with some of their hospital board members, and a few of the Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners, and the same at Broward County Commission, I'm being very restrained. But if their ineptitude continues I can bring such grief upon them that they'll never forget. I hate to "pull rank" (really I do), but that option is there. My patience is wearing thin.

    It's a total tangible loss of around $1000, when I add up everything that was in that shoulder bag, not to mention my time & stress in dealing with this. Not great amount, but it includes personal information and denial of services that in today's world has additional value. If we find them I will prosecute to the max.
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    Mar 25, 2013 3:53 PM GMT
    OK, follow up: I confirmed with Apple that my iPad is listed with them as stolen. If the theives try to go online, or download from the Apple store, Apple will catch them. That might help if someone buys it on Craigslist or eBay.

    But the command to erase my data won't work until the thief connects through WiFi. In the meantime the thief can mine my iPad offline for all my personal data.
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    Mar 25, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
    Make sure you hand the found items to the police. Although they have been handled since, the thieves fingerprints and DNA could well be on them. If he's a known criminal, they will come up as a match on the police database.
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    Mar 25, 2013 4:02 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidMake sure you hand the found items to the police. Although they have been handled since, the thieves fingerprints and DNA could well be on them. If he's a known criminal, they will come up as a match on the police database.

    I intended to. But given the amateurish ineptitude of the local police here, I doubt they would do that. A theft of $1000 will not interest them in the least, not worth their time or expenditure of resources. A detective wouldn't waste his/her time on this. I was in law enforcement myself, I know how these things are determined. I got stupid, so I pay the price, not the criminal.
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    Mar 25, 2013 4:07 PM GMT
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    Ex_Mil8 saidMake sure you hand the found items to the police. Although they have been handled since, the thieves fingerprints and DNA could well be on them. If he's a known criminal, they will come up as a match on the police database.

    I intended to. But given the amateurish ineptitude of the local police here, I doubt they would do that. A theft of $1000 will not interest them in the least, not worth their time or expenditure of resources. I was in law enforcement myself, I know how these things are determined.


    If there has been a series of similar thefts in the area, they may be keen to chase it up.
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    Mar 25, 2013 4:07 PM GMT
    The Lo-Jack I had on my laptop led the police to the location of my computer at the alleged thief's living quarters.
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    Mar 25, 2013 4:10 PM GMT
    Caslon saidThe Lo-Jack I had on my laptop led the police to the location of my computer at the alleged thief's living quarters.

    I don't have Lo-Jack. I thought it was for cars. Do you attach a device to your tablet? Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of having a tablet?
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    Mar 25, 2013 4:13 PM GMT
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    Caslon saidThe Lo-Jack I had on my laptop led the police to the location of my computer at the alleged thief's living quarters.

    I don't have Lo-Jack. I thought it was for cars. Do you attach a device to your tablet? Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of having a tablet?

    It's installed in the computer. Nothing shows. Physically or as a program. Lo-Jack turns it on when you report the computer as stolen.

    Needless to say, the police were tickled pink to be able to walk into court with the stolen goods.
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    Mar 25, 2013 4:22 PM GMT
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    Ex_Mil8 saidMake sure you hand the found items to the police. Although they have been handled since, the thieves fingerprints and DNA could well be on them. If he's a known criminal, they will come up as a match on the police database.

    I intended to. But given the amateurish ineptitude of the local police here, I doubt they would do that. A theft of $1000 will not interest them in the least, not worth their time or expenditure of resources. I was in law enforcement myself, I know how these things are determined.

    If there has been a series of similar thefts in the area, they may be keen to chase it up.

    Please, this is South Florida, home of the Keystone Cops. They never catch anybody, unless the crooks turn themselves in to the police station.

    And when they do catch and convict someone, many years later the conviction is overturned, the guy going free for police and prosecutorial misconduct, the innocent victim getting millions in compensation from the taxpayers. So let's not talk about Florida "justice" or police skills.

    The Florida police aren't "keen" to chase anyone, except minorities and those unlikely to be able to defend themselves. They go for the easy kill.

    My case isn't an easy kill. It would require some actual forensic work. For $1000 that ain't gonna happen, given their volume of work and their half-assed attitudes & abilities. I know that, and must accept that.
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    Mar 25, 2013 7:56 PM GMT
    Apple has an app called Find My iPhone---if you lose a phone or iPad, you can go to the iCloud and see its location on a map. There is also an option to lock your devices remotely, or in the worst case, to erase/destroy them.

    There have been cases of stolen cars being recovered because the owner's iPad or iPhone in the car.
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    Mar 25, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    MikeOnMain saidApple has an app called Find My iPhone---if you lose a phone or iPad, you can go to the iCloud and see its location on a map. There is also an option to lock your devices remotely, or in the worst case, to erase/destroy them.

    There have been cases of stolen cars being recovered because the owner's iPad or iPhone in the car.

    I have that app installed. However, this is a Wi-Fi-only iPad. It will only report the location if the thief goes onto the Internet using Wi-Fi. A remote erase command by me is pending.

    I've now spoken to the hospital security guy who reviews the surveillance tapes. I'll chat again with him in a few hours, after he's examined the recordings. In the meantime I'll meet around 5 PM with the guy who found the items the thief discarded.
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    Mar 26, 2013 1:56 AM GMT
    A setback: the video surveillance tapes were reviewed today, and that part of the hospital parking garage where my car was parked was not in view. Therefore we have no way of identifying the thief. icon_sad.gif

    And the meeting today with the guy who found some of my stuff didn't happen, he had a work conflict. That's still pending. I'm anxious to see the things the thief discarded, what stuff I'll still have.
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    Mar 26, 2013 4:03 PM GMT
    How disappointing. I respect you for following up on it as far as you can, because most people just give up, or never bother in the first place. We should ALL ALWAYS try, even if it's just for your own self-respect.