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Old 02-07-2006, 02:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Stolen BlackBerry, entertaining story and question about IMEI number

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My BlackBerry 7290 was stolen (along with my stereo - bastards) last week, and I'm trying to get serial numbers for the police report.

Short summary:
I got up Tuesday morning last week - I had a training class I had to be at for the remainder of the week (the class was in Madison, which is an hour + for driving). I was planning on driving every day back and forth.

I was looking forward to listening to a few audio books during the week. Once I got outside, I noticed my trunk was half open - then I opened my unlocked car door, and in my dash was a large stereo-sized gaping hole with one lonely stereo interface cable staring back at me.

BlackBerry? Gone. Granted, I shouldn't have left it in there, but I left it there because I figured I would forget it in the rush to get ready to go the next morning. Company will cover that, at least - I had it password protected. My deductable is too high to cover the $99 ($99! It's cheap!) Best Buy branded stereo. Grrr.

On to the question:

I have the PIN, but of course, this is something that lies in the BlackBerry OS itself, and not on a label on the device, or anything like that per se.

Is there a way to derive serial number information from my synchronized data on my computer? I still have my profile folders with the corresponding PIN information...

I need to supply the serial number to the police for theft recovery, but somehow I think that I'm SOL.

Back to the story:

More bad news:
The thieves came back just Monday morning at 3:30 am (6 days after the initial theft).

Good news:
I was awake. I also had my phone ready at hand.

The thieves were stopping every 100 yards or so down my (and apparently a lot of other streets), to split up and look for goodies in the cars parked in the driveways and street. Both individuals got out, they were essentially "shopping" with flashlights in all of the cars on the street...giving me plenty of time to describe their features.

After I called the cops, they had moved on to another street (unbeknownst to me it was the street that was in front of the houses behind ours). I got in my car, grabbed the digital camera and a baseball bat, and before I could shift into 2nd, I came across a police car coming from the right at the intersection, and to the left, the burglar's car, with another cop parked right next to them.

These kids were stupid.

I'm no thief, but:

1. Don't return to the scene of the crime, especially a week after. Whoever you burgled last week is still plenty pissed at you, and are probably (me) watching out for suspicious behavior.
2. Don't park under a street light so anyone who calls into the police can describe you, your attire, your vehicle, etc.
3. Don't use your BLINKERS on your car as you are parked and walking around being suspicious, especially when someone's bedroom window is on the same side of the house as your bright-ass yellow blinkers.
4. Don't do all of these things right in front of the house of the person that you burgled something from a week prior, see #1.
5. Don't steal something from someone who has ready access to webcams and motion capture software, unless it's the webcam that you are taking, and you sure as hell better take the remote storage device located somewhere within the house to erase any evidence of your presence.
6. If you are going to steal stuff and resell it for quick cash, buy a new exhaust system that won't wake people up in the middle of the night.

Had I thought of it, I would have ran out there to lock and close their doors on their running car while they were both running up and down the street. That would have been classic, but it was cold and I was in my boxers talking to cops at the time.

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Old 02-07-2006, 02:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, they are idiots, I am so sorry your blackberry got stolen...

My Dell Axim X50v was stolen out of my purse somehow, not sure how,but it was - which is why I plan on getting a blackberry now (just for a change)

As for your question, I have no clue, but I hope you get your answers
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Ok, one lesson I learned a long time ago, let the police handle it dude. If they had a gun and you confronted them with a baseball bat, who would have come up short on that deal?


and what if the police picked you up because they thought you were the burgler?

if you have a BES at your office, ask the admin for the device information.

as for the Redirector, I would be surprised if it didn't have your information there. As I recall, there is a PIN stored there, which is in the handheld device. That should be sufficient.
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Default For future reference . . .

. . . the PIN actually is printed on a label under the battery. At least it is on my 7130. Sorry about the BB and the stereo, qc_metal. I would be very upset if my BB and stereo were stolen (I love XM radio -- another topic for another forum.)
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Ok, one lesson I learned a long time ago, let the police handle it dude. If they had a gun and you confronted them with a baseball bat, who would have come up short on that deal?
Yeah - the bat was only for protection (and I have a zoom on the camera) I wasn't planning on using it offensively. However, with the general intelligence exhibited by these two, I doubt they had anything like that...but you can never be sure.

Oh - and I'm the BES admin, but someone else provisions them from our telecom department (they just email me and I set them up on the data side). I did try to send a kill command, but it appeared that they powered the device down about an hour after it was stolen.
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If you use BES at the office have the BES admin send a kill request to the device. Further call you carrier and have the PIN and IMEI marked lost stolen, as a customer they'll have all the info on file. Upon doing so the device will be pretty much useless to anyone else.
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Inform your carrier, to block the device. If you no the number of the BlackBerry, they now also the IMEI.
Report to RIM your stolen PIN. Maybe they have a database for this...

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. . . the PIN actually is printed on a label under the battery. At least it is on my 7130. Sorry about the BB and the stereo, qc_metal. I would be very upset if my BB and stereo were stolen (I love XM radio -- another topic for another forum.)
AHA! So it is!

Nice, it was so small and off to the side, I didn't realize that.

Thank you gdpmumin!
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I need to supply the serial number to the police for theft recovery, but somehow I think that I'm SOL.
If you still have the box that your BlackBerry came in the IMEI number (labeled as Hand Set Serial IMEI on my 7100t box) should be on the side of it. That is probably what you want to give to the police. It is also on the label under the battery along with the PIN.
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Sorry to hear about your loss....but the BB PIN info you seek will be on the box and also, under the batt of the actual unit. Did the police catch the bastids? And was anything recovered?
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Sorry to hear about your loss....but the BB PIN info you seek will be on the box and also, under the batt of the actual unit. Did the police catch the bastids? And was anything recovered?
I'm still trying to figure out if they arrested anyone, or if they let 'em go (maybe there wasn't any stolen merchandise in the car at the time)...

My first action when I found out what was going on was to try to send a kill command and then cancel the service to that phone via AT&T National Business Services.

In any case, I WILL be investing in a more permanent security system (either for car or home, or both).

Thanks for letting me vent...!
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