Help Stolen Powerbook!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by plunar, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. plunar macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2003
    Okay so some scumbag ripped off my wife's Powerbook G4 from her checked baggage on a flight from philly to boston.

    Is there anyway to track this.... i have auto syncing and itunes registered on the machine, so i would think that every time time that thing gets net access it's calling up apple's isync database. which means apple can theoretically track it.

    if not that, is it possible to email a virus to myself that will wipe the hard drive? can i hire someone to do this for me?
  2. imacintel macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2006
  3. backsidetailsli macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2006
    definetly let apple know. somewhere i heard that with the serial number, if its ever brought in for service, they will hold onto it. and then let you know
  4. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    if i were the guy, i would reinstall system first.
    Its hard for apple to do so, since that act might cause them trouble of invading user's privacy. You can always call apple to find out tho.
  5. fall3n macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2006
    first bad move was putting it in your check in luggage! always carry that stuff on board. Or could she not cuz of the stupid airline rules? Anyway, the best you can do is call the police and tell apple about it.
  6. runner3 macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2006
    Northern CA
    Have you tried calling the airline about this? I would think they have some kind of protocol for this sort of thing. Curious, which airline was it?
  7. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Sorry it happened but -- they xray all the luggage so it is very easy for inside theives to rip off passengers like that. I heard it happens all the time --

    personally I'd never do that -- in fact, I clung to my powerbook for dear life on the plane. Laptops are for airplanes anyway! Good luck and i'd raise holy hell with the airlines. They have video you know.
  8. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Definitely contact the police. And your airline. There's no guarantee that they'll be able to help, but they should know about it nevertheless.

    Sorry to say it, but I doubt you'll ever see your PowerBook again. :( Just remember to never pack your valuables in checked baggage again.
  9. plunar thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2003
    the airline is worthless. they have no idea where bag got lost. the bag stood out, it was my apple campus rep bag. i never imagine she would've checked the damn thing, but the airline didn't let her take it because she had moisturizer. the choice was chuck the moisturizer or check the bag, and my wife being wife....

    I am pissed not over the loss - i have property insurance on top of the credit card insurance - but because i had financial records and passwords on the damn thing. of course i have back ups, but anyone can just open up my keychain and access my citibank or etrade accounts. that's ********.

    the airline was airtran, which, btw, does not cover against lost laptops in baggage. or cameras, jewelery, mp3 players, "electronic devices" or basically anything but clothes. bitches.
  10. heehee macrumors 68020


    Jul 31, 2006
    Same country as Santa Claus
    Well, you might want to call your bank and change your etrade account passwords NOW!!!

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