Macbook Pro Stolen!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by guy_mac, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. guy_mac, Dec 4, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2016

    guy_mac Suspended

    Dec 4, 2016
    update: This is a early '15 13" retina macbook pro, 8 GB, 256 GB.

    I filed a police report with serial number but that's pretty much all the police have to go on.

    I was in a rush and left the laptop in a bag in the rear seat. i parked on a quiet street without any foot traffic so I just assumed I was safe.

    I haven't backed up in quite some time but have my most essential files backed up.

    I was not logged into icloud at the time.

    The police said I parked in an area with lots of street breakins although the area looked quite safe and very quiet. I know I should have kept it in the trunk, which would have been more secure although not completely secure.

    I am just dismayed right now at the lack of precuations I took but I'm wondering if there is any way of recovering this laptop either by checking with pawnshops or by:

    1. offering a reward on craigslist
    2. checking craislist to see if the thief posted it.

    Any recommendations welcome.
  2. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    which year model was it? Are the new ones protected with touchid?
  3. vmflapem macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2013
    Try to be more specific by stating the manufactured year, full specs, etc. That way people can recognize it if someone is trying to sell it.
  4. syan48306 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2010
    Bummer. Without Find my Mac, file vault encryption and a password protected profile, there's very little that can actually be done to track it down. Perhaps it'll be a lesson to make sure you activate that on your next Mac.
  5. guy_mac thread starter Suspended

    Dec 4, 2016
    Thanks, this is an early 2015, 13" retina macbook pro, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB Flash Drive.

    Let me know if there is any other information I could/should add to help in recovery. Thanks again.
  6. motime macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2015
    Tough luck bro, that is probably the most popular model out there, every girl at my university has one of those.
  7. guy_mac thread starter Suspended

    Dec 4, 2016
    I'm just amazed I could become so complacent. I'm just checking into all possible options right now.

    Do you think offering a reward on craigslist might help in turning up the computer?
  8. benz240 macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2008
    Did they break a window to get in? Was the computer in plain sight or completely enclosed in a bag?
  9. robotica macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2007
    Did you have a ufi "boot" password on it?
    That really sucks, I've had my car broken in and they took everything including my MacBook.
    This was in an underground secure car park with cctv.
    About 3 months later the police turned up at my house with my laptop bag that was just chucked in some park.
    No laptop though :(
  10. guy_mac thread starter Suspended

    Dec 4, 2016
    They broke the window. The computer was in a bag. I didn't know it was a high crime area. Looked like a quiet area of town in a small town. I've been lulled into a sense of complacency over the years, leaving the computer out in the open in cafes, leaving the computer in the trunk sometimes for short periods in the back seat while shopping.

    This feels like a nightmare.
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    Man, I am really sorry to hear about that. I guess it happens to quite a few of us? I'll be far more careful next time. I have an older computer I'm using now. Wow. It just lets you know how many people are robbed.

    I don't even know what a ufi boot password is.
  11. robotica macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2007
    It's just another way to secure your Mac.

    Yeah unfortunately there are thieving scumbags everywhere you go these days.
    If I were you I'd change all your email passwords and stuff.

    Fingers crossed you will get lucky and get it back.
  12. motime macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2015
    Don't macbooks have a geo location feature? Would be worth a try.
  13. AppleSmack macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2010
    I'm really sorry to hear this, and wish you luck getting it back.

    For future reference (sorry, I wish I could've told you about this earlier)… for tracking a stolen phone/computer.
  14. guy_mac thread starter Suspended

    Dec 4, 2016
    Yeah, I think it has to be enabled. I don't think mine was, at least not at time of theft I don't believe.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 4, 2016 ---
    Certainly is important for future reference. Thanks.
  15. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    This sucks. Sorry OP.

    But at the end of the day, it's just a laptop and a window. They can be replaced eventually. Much better than it being stolen from you violently, for example.

    My personal course of action would be to just write it off as one of those things in life, and move on being more careful in the future. Offering rewards etc. is just diminishing returns. You won't be seeing it again.

    This is an important reminder to everyone to make sure Find My Mac is enabled. This not only allows you to track your Mac, but you can also remote erase data, and even lock it. The lock is more than just a log-in passcode: it stops the thief from being able to wipe your disk, boot into Safe Mode, or use Target Disk Mode, amongst other things.
  16. guy_mac thread starter Suspended

    Dec 4, 2016
    Every silver cloud has a lining, so they say.

    OK, laptop not recovered. YET. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    However, I've resorted to using an older macbook.

    Guess what? Sound quality is VASTLY superior! All of my music sounds so much better! I think I will simply buy a new battery factory direct and keep this older computer running. I'll keep it running as long as it can go. The 1 TB capacity is awesome. And sound quality is unparalleled.

    Also, with the messenger bag being stolen Im back to using a conventional backpack. The backpack is 10X more ergonomically sound. The back pain and knee pain are gone. The weighting of one shoulder threw everything out of wack.

    I'm sure there are more benefits. But still, not everything is a negative here.
  17. guy_mac thread starter Suspended

    Dec 4, 2016
    Do you think posting a reward on craigslist might help?
  18. raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016
    The police in most jurisdictions regularly check pawn shops for stolen items.. Since you gave them the SN# you might get lucky and they find it pawned at one..
  19. bizack macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    I had my 2013 MacBook Pro stolen (along with the backpack it was in). I had Find My Mac turned on along with a strong password protected lock screen and the firmware also password protected so that you couldn't bypass the lock screen. Filed a police report, which didn't result in anything. Find My Mac never showed the laptop (anyone that's stolen more than a few of these knows how to get around that). Never got the laptop back - recovered part of the value through renters insurance (have since updated my insurance so that my coverage is better). Sorry to hear about this - it does royally suck. At the very least, I suggest changing the password to most or all of your website logins.

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