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).
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.