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#1 Edited by inkerman (1493 posts) -

I've been on holiday to the US for a month, come home and basically all my computer stuff is gone. My custom PC, 2 monitors, PS3 and games, 2 speaker systems, plus peripherals. About $5000 all up. Most of my data is backed up (Dropbox is now the Jesus of apps as far as I'm concerned), and I happened to save all my movies and music onto a portable HDD that I took with me...but this is really shit.

We suspect it was one of my flatmates (I live in a sharehouse). But there isn't any proof, police report filed and they took some fingerprints and stuff, so hopefully that helps, or something turns up in a pawnshop.

Mostly I'm just frustrated. I can't even say I'm angry, it's just, I shouldn't have to deal with this shit, and now I do.

Ugh. And this is coming off an 18 hour flight.

Also guys, if you haven't already, you should right down the serial numbers of your stuff, it's the first thing the police ask for.

Bonus points for me not being insured. So fuck...

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#2 Edited by korwin (3871 posts) -

What kind of dickhole flatmate sells all your shit?

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#3 Edited by bigjeffrey (5282 posts) -

Hot Damn, That Blows.

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#4 Posted by inkerman (1493 posts) -

@korwin said:

What kind of dickhole flatmate sells all your shit?

The super sketchy kind. I live in a sharehouse, so we don't choose who we live with. Dude is even being forcibly removed tomorrow on another matter. All the others are cool, but just this one guy...

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#5 Posted by joshthebear (2704 posts) -

Holy shit duder, that's rough. Hope everything turns out okay.

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#6 Posted by TheHT (14628 posts) -

That fuckin blows. Do you have any kind of home insurance that'll cover that or something?

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#7 Posted by wjb (1924 posts) -

That sucks...

I suppose if he did do this, being kicked out for something unrelated is the perfect getaway.

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#8 Posted by mrfizzy (1665 posts) -

Get that dodgy housemate alone and ask some questions!

Also where are you? Assuming your in Australia considering the 18 hours on a plane.

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#9 Edited by I_Stay_Puft (5569 posts) -

Sucks dude, sucks even more if you leave with people you can't trust.

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#10 Posted by inkerman (1493 posts) -

@mrfizzy said:

Get that dodgy housemate alone and ask some questions!

Also where are you? Assuming your in Australia considering the 18 hours on a plane.

Yeah it's not really that kind of situation, since I barely know the guy, and we think he had friends helping him (one of the other roommates who I trust said he heard lots of moving and stuff a few nights ago and saw this guy going out the front door), so he probably won't have the stuff in his room, so it'd be a waste of time.

And yeah, Australia.

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#11 Edited by Turtlebird95 (3618 posts) -

That sucks. Hope you get your stuff back and they catch the asshole who did it.

Be sure to also keep an eye out on eBay and Craigslist.

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#12 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4748 posts) -

Fudge, duder, that sucks. I hope it works out for you. Being stole from must be a powerless feeling.

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#13 Edited by Rick_Fingers (525 posts) -

Beat the ever living shit out of him!

Don't let him just walk out, at least confront him and see if you can get him to admit to it (ideally while you have a witness and a recording device)

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#14 Posted by TruthTellah (9811 posts) -

Damn, that sucks. I hope you can get back some of it.

I guess, worse comes to worse, it's just something you'll have to be more careful about in the future. A crazy way to get pushed into it though...

If you suspect that it's one guy, can't you confront him? I mean, it's nuts that he's just leaving tomorrow. Maybe he's innocent, but you have to find out. Be safe about it, of course, as your life matters more than any stuff, but still. If you have your suspicions, certainly some of the other flatmates must have some inkling.

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#15 Posted by Soap (3774 posts) -

@inkerman said:

@korwin said:

What kind of dickhole flatmate sells all your shit?

The super sketchy kind. I live in a sharehouse, so we don't choose who we live with. Dude is even being forcibly removed tomorrow on another matter. All the others are cool, but just this one guy...

Even if he's off, sounds like its time to move in with some friends!

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#16 Posted by XChairmanDrekX (425 posts) -

@inkerman said:

@mrfizzy said:

Get that dodgy housemate alone and ask some questions!

Also where are you? Assuming your in Australia considering the 18 hours on a plane.

Yeah it's not really that kind of situation, since I barely know the guy, and we think he had friends helping him (one of the other roommates who I trust said he heard lots of moving and stuff a few nights ago and saw this guy going out the front door), so he probably won't have the stuff in his room, so it'd be a waste of time.

And yeah, Australia.

Still though, it certainly seems like something like this is worth confronting the guy over.

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#17 Posted by Legion_ (1718 posts) -

I got robbed when I lived in Oslo, but that was in the middle of the street. Came home from a party light at night with my girlfriend, and two dodgy guys started to walk up to us. One pulled a knife and told us to give him everything.

I really didn't want to do that, so I ended up with one slash and one stab from the knife, but I managed to beat the shit out of the guy with the knife. The other one went running, but was caught by police the next day.

Anyway, my suggestion to you is, beat the shit out of your flatmate. Or don't. I don't know.

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#18 Edited by DarthOrange (4179 posts) -

I hope the dude that stole your shit gets eaten by an alligator.

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#19 Edited by Pessh (2512 posts) -

My PS3 recently broke and I was pretty bummed, so this must really suck. Good luck getting everything sorted dude.

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#20 Posted by Quarters (2614 posts) -

Yikes. Hope they get everything sorted out, because that sucks. I guess on the bright side, at least no one was hurt.

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#21 Edited by ThunderSlash (2593 posts) -

I don't see how your other flatmates can not notice that something was amiss. I hope the cops find something in all those fingerprints they took.

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#22 Posted by YoThatLimp (2368 posts) -

Why are you living with strangers?

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#23 Posted by Sinnott147 (53 posts) -

Sorry to hear about this duder, but at least you didn't lose everything.

Kinda goes to show that a few Kensington locks go a long way. Especially in a share house.

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#24 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (7258 posts) -

That's terrible. Real sorry that happened to you.

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#25 Edited by Tennmuerti (9171 posts) -

Well at least you didn't loose your data. Because that can suck more then the hardware loss if you put a lot of time into it, speaking from experience. (tho at 5k losses it would have to be some serious data)

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#26 Posted by Marcsman (3634 posts) -

Rub all his clothes with poison ivy or flat out kill him.

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#27 Posted by Random45 (1782 posts) -

I can't imagine how I would feel or act in that kind of situation, but it must really suck.

I hope you manage to get your stuff back.

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#28 Posted by Sursh (248 posts) -

what a chump.

keep us posted on the result!

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#29 Edited by falserelic (5768 posts) -

Funny story I had once was when I asked a friend of mine to trade in some games for me. He was in a gamestop in Canada and he left my games on the counter, and went to go look at other stuff in the shop. Next thing you know some guy comes in and snatches my games then ran off. I could never forget that day I was playing Halo 3, and my friend called and told me what happen.

I was more mad at myself if anything, but I was glad he didn't get hurt. Even though I was fucking PISSED!! but shit happens. Though my friend had his own home broken into in Canada.

Btw..sorry to hear what happen to you OP. Hopefully they catch the thieves that stole your stuff.

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#31 Edited by aurahack (2540 posts) -

How does that much equipment go missing in a house where multiple individuals live? Perhaps I am misunderstanding the structure of the building you live in but wouldn't someone have noticed one or two dudes walking in and carrying things like a PC tower, monitor, and speakers out of the building?

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#32 Posted by phampire (294 posts) -

Sorry to hear that duder. Best of luck with the police.

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#33 Posted by GunslingerPanda (5199 posts) -

Go Liam Neeson on him.

Taken 3: The Stolen PC

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#34 Posted by ToTheNines (1521 posts) -

I feel for you, buddy =( hope they find your shit.

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#35 Posted by Nixon34 (120 posts) -

@inkerman: Dude that really sucks, my brother in law was robbed by the father to my niece, so i know how frustrating it can be when you know who did it but cant do anything. hope you find it. thanks for the tip about the serial numbers.

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#36 Posted by eskimo (504 posts) -

Thieving cunts, sounds like you're handling it pretty well.

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#37 Posted by HoboZero (364 posts) -

What's a sharehouse?

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#38 Edited by SoldierG654342 (1899 posts) -

The most personal experience I have with theft is that I had a clock radio stolen from me in my first dorm. They left my TV, laptop, PS3, 360, and all my games. Just the clock radio was taken.

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#39 Posted by Tireyo (6711 posts) -

I know what it's like to get robbed. =-( Hope you get some of it back.

Here's some advice. Get yourself a security system. $50 a month isn't bad compared to what you could lose. It'll give you some peace of mind too. Also, see if your insurance offers item replacement.

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#40 Posted by inkerman (1493 posts) -

@aurahack said:

How does that much equipment go missing in a house where multiple individuals live? Perhaps I am misunderstanding the structure of the building you live in but wouldn't someone have noticed one or two dudes walking in and carrying things like a PC tower, monitor, and speakers out of the building?

Not at 3am. The sharehouse is literally that, a house with rooms with locked doors, then we share a kitchen and bathrooms. Welcome to Australian student accommodation.

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#41 Posted by Zomgfruitbunnies (1227 posts) -

@inkerman said:

@aurahack said:

How does that much equipment go missing in a house where multiple individuals live? Perhaps I am misunderstanding the structure of the building you live in but wouldn't someone have noticed one or two dudes walking in and carrying things like a PC tower, monitor, and speakers out of the building?

Not at 3am. The sharehouse is literally that, a house with rooms with locked doors, then we share a kitchen and bathrooms. Welcome to Australian student accommodation.

Sounds like a standard dorm. Did they pick your room lock or some shit? Do you guys lock your main door? Back when I was living in a dorm, we never locked the main door because it was a pain having to use a key everytime we come back. There were random people coming in and out all of the time, especially during the weekends where people would get wasted and do stupid shit.

Let the cops sort it out. Hope everything works out.

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#42 Posted by Strife777 (2086 posts) -

Find him and stomp him in the nuts.

Seriously though, that's a real shame. You end having to deal with tons of shit because someone's too greedy and too lazy to work for their own stuff.

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#43 Posted by Rave (427 posts) -

Shit man, hope everything's recovered or insurance can cover it for you. Having stuff stolen is such a violating feeling. All the best

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#44 Posted by Slag (7491 posts) -

Man I've been robbed too many times.

But this is an extra level of suck, since you know who it is and they are in your dang place even now. Hope you nail that SOB

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#45 Edited by UnlivedPhalanx (593 posts) -

It sucks and I feel horrible for you. However, the cost of renters insurance is very inexpensive compared to what was stolen. Please consider buying insurance for any rental or home you own. You'll thank me later. Best of luck.

Edit: Delicious Library 2 is invaluable for tracking items in your flat/house for insurance purposes.

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#46 Posted by awesomeusername (4612 posts) -

That fucking sucks dude. Hopefully you get your stuff back. I guess I'll be writing down the serial number to all my stuff tomorrow.

@nixon34 said:

@inkerman: Dude that really sucks, my brother in law was robbed by the father to my niece, so i know how frustrating it can be when you know who did it but cant do anything. hope you find it. thanks for the tip about the serial numbers.

So you didn't tell your bro-in-law?

@legion_ said:

I got robbed when I lived in Oslo, but that was in the middle of the street. Came home from a party light at night with my girlfriend, and two dodgy guys started to walk up to us. One pulled a knife and told us to give him everything.

I really didn't want to do that, so I ended up with one slash and one stab from the knife, but I managed to beat the shit out of the guy with the knife. The other one went running, but was caught by police the next day.

Anyway, my suggestion to you is, beat the shit out of your flatmate. Or don't. I don't know.

Jesus.

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#47 Posted by Nictel (2696 posts) -

@inkerman said:

@aurahack said:

How does that much equipment go missing in a house where multiple individuals live? Perhaps I am misunderstanding the structure of the building you live in but wouldn't someone have noticed one or two dudes walking in and carrying things like a PC tower, monitor, and speakers out of the building?

Not at 3am. The sharehouse is literally that, a house with rooms with locked doors, then we share a kitchen and bathrooms. Welcome to Australian student accommodation.

Oh that's a sharehouse. Yeah those things are pretty normal in Europe as well. But that sucks a lot :-(

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#48 Edited by Intro (1271 posts) -

Damn, sorry to hear that :( Couldn't imagine it.

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#49 Edited by mutha3 (5052 posts) -

http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-Lounge/PS3-STOLEN-Follow-these-steps-Not-always-a-lost-cause/td-p/3139968

This seems relevant to your concerns, Op. Especially this part...

If you didn't make a note of your PS3 / PSP serial number or MAC address, here are two tips:

1. If you registered it with the Playstation network, SCEA has a copy, and this can be obtained.

2. Check your routers settings, and depending on how you have it setup, you can retrieve your MAC address from one of it's menus, or within a saved ".txt" file stored on your PC. (although this varies depending on your router, the setup, etc)

Although these may not help everyone, anything that can bring you closer to the recovery of your stolen / lost property is always a good thing! Start with this:

If you registered your PS3 with SCEA (generally done under account settings and by connecting through the PSN via the XMB), then SCEA would have a copy of your serial number. You can orchestrate this through customer service, and won't take any longer then the infinite amount of time they have you "on hold". If you did not register your PS3 with SCEA (Sony), and you are certain you do not have the serial number (the original box, written down somewhere, the receipt from store where purchased, etc), then you can try one of the following methods:

Much like one of the random emails or posts in the middle, I have somewhat addressed this, but here goes:

if I lost/had stolen my PS3 right now, and unfortunately did not copy the serial number or MAC address down, I could do one of the following actions to potentially recover it (keeping in mind the serial number is great for law enforcement tracking purposes, but the MAC address is needed for SCEA tracking purposes):

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#50 Posted by Fattony12000 (8321 posts) -
@inkerman said:

I've been on holiday to the US for a month, come home and basically all my computer stuff is gone. My custom PC, 2 monitors, PS3 and games, 2 speaker systems, plus peripherals. About $5000 all up. Most of my data is backed up (Dropbox is now the Jesus of apps as far as I'm concerned), and I happened to save all my movies and music onto a portable HDD that I took with me...but this is really shit.

We suspect it was one of my flatmates (I live in a sharehouse). But there isn't any proof, police report filed and they took some fingerprints and stuff, so hopefully that helps, or something turns up in a pawnshop.

Mostly I'm just frustrated. I can't even say I'm angry, it's just, I shouldn't have to deal with this shit, and now I do.

Ugh. And this is coming off an 18 hour flight.

Also guys, if you haven't already, you should right down the serial numbers of your stuff, it's the first thing the police ask for.

Bonus points for me not being insured. So fuck...

I'm super, super sorry to hear this. And even sorrier to hear of it from the recent thread that you made about wanting to play some old games.

:(

The most personal experience I have with theft is that I had a clock radio stolen from me in my first dorm. They left my TV, laptop, PS3, 360, and all my games. Just the clock radio was taken.

Those bastards, you loved that clock radio.