Macbook Pro Stolen (Sheffield, UK) -- Need Advice

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jodi swift, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. jodi swift macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2009
    Hello everyone,

    I recently had my house broken into, and amongst the things taken was my eight month old Macbook Pro. They didn't take the box/manuals or even the charger, but it was in an expensive Radtech case. :(

    I am here to ask if anyone knows of an online database or something where I can register my Macbook serial number as stolen. I have already informed apple, but I want to maximize the chances of recovery (however unlikely).

    I also thought it might be a good idea to post the stolen Macbook serial number on as many websites as possible;

    It was stolen near Sheffield UK and here is the serial number; W88438L61G0

    If anyone has any other suggestions I would be grateful.

  2. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Usually, when something is stolen it's a case of 'Tough Titty', so you'd never get it back. Especially when a MBP is of great value people MAY pay attention. Report it to the police with the serial number, as you'll be given a stolen reference number so that it can be traced if anything does turn up in their next raid.

    To be honest, if you are desperate for a new one, all that you can really do is claim it on your home insurance, or if you have the money just go and get a new one.

    I'm sorry I can't be of more assistance.
  3. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
  4. JGruber macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2006
  5. amoda macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006

    Sorry to hear about the robbery! Hopefully you're insured or are able to bear the loss!

    There's not much else you can do really. Informing Apple, and the police, is really about it. Neither will actively track it down but if it happens to pop up somehow (be it at an Apple Service Center or found during a bust) it'll be returned.

    Best of luck!
  6. JGruber macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2006
    Actually Apple has NO known 'Stolen Mac' database. I've called Apple about this very question, and they said the only thing to do is call the local police. If the stolen Mac shows up at an Apple store, they will never know if it was stolen or not.
  7. dxb 13inch pro macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2009
    Thats bad, you would think Apple has a good system for stolen goods.
  8. JGruber macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2006
    Oh I know, tell me about it. I had 2 NIB 24" iMac's stolen from a lab, and Apple can't do anything about it, which sucks because we spend $250k/year on Apple Goods.
  9. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Why is that exactly? Apple isn't in the business to do such a thing. I've gotten a few calls and users (out of being upset) say that Apple should implement a way to track down lost and stolen laptops. I can't think of any company who does that, it's not a company's responsibility to help you if you misplaced your computer. If it's lost, that's what the police are for.

    As for the OP, there's really nothing you can really do but call the police and file a report but even with that, your chances are slim of ever seeing the computer again. Calling Apple will do nothing for you. Even if they do note it i the notes and the computer gets brought into repair, Apple won't even contact you and say we have your computer if they see that it was stolen.

    Good luck!
  10. JGruber macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2006
    If you have Apple Care on the machine, Apple will refund you the difference in coverage, and then making the Apple Care void. They did this for us with our 2 iMac's that were stolen.
  11. VanessaDeagan macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2009

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