Thanks for the kind words sir, and I hope your PS3 is returned in good working order. A follow-up to your actions would be interesting to hear additional, as I've helped quite a few people, yet haven't heard about some of the outcomes as of recent.
In regards to "adding" me, sure.... no problem. Just send me an invite, and I'll accept.
Lately I have found myself on Call of Duty 4 again, and again. Though unfortunately the air' of professionalism might go out the window, as I tend to "trash talk" those who: play music in the background, modify their voice to sound high/low and than continue to talk.....a lot, individuals who kill their own teammates, and there's actually been a few that recognize me from this thread..... and killed me just for fun (a little piece of me usually dies on the inside each time)!!. Regardless, feel free to add me!
Last side note..... I got into the beta testing of Fat Princess, so I tend to host games every now and then.
Good luck and maybe I'll see you around!
- Detective C.
wats up man,
I just got my ps3 stolen on my b-day party on saturday 5-23-09.
There were one group of kids that noone knew. I asked one of my two roomates and he sayd that he knows the guy that invited the group over. It may have not been any of them, but its most likely. my roomate will talk to the guy he knows tomorrow and were going to try to get info on were they all live and go to these places and confront these people.
Anywho, I contacted sony via the "contact us" link on the bottom of these pages and asked them what they can do while sort of hinting the stuff that you pointed out. Threw that system, Sony says that it may take 48hours to respond to my email.
theres a network status icon on one of these pages and it was on. I don't know if thats my ps3 online status or my status on this site, but if hes on now, he may not be on in 48hours after sony replies. I have not filed a police report but will do so today, monday the 25th. you can check if the guy is online, here is my online id
am i on?
IMPORTANT: A woman had her wallet stolen as well as the ps3 and cancelled her credit card the next day (sunday) but found out that a small purchase was made at our local 7-11 on sunday. If I ask the cops to check the video tapes of 7-11 of that sunday, and that the guy is using the internet and how to track my ps3...Would they be more likely to do all this stuff since there are multiple ways of finding him out? Or are they more likely to not check the 7-11 cameras at all?? I only ask this because I too have been through the "sorry, we really cant do anything" , but it seems like there are an overwhelming amount of ways to prosecute this guy.
could they possibly find this guy within 48hours if hes online and the 7-11 tape shows the same person or do you think it will take weeks / months depending on how many other cases the police have???
srry for so much information and questions, but thats all of it. let me know if even you can do something??!?!?!!!
I'm sorry to hear about your loss.
Typically a response reserved to tell a grieving individual, at say... a wake, but in your case I feel it is deserved as well.
First off, there are far too many circumstances going on in your story, with multiple outcomes to suggest what might actually occur, but here's my spin on what I would do (assuming the circumstances are as they appear in your next).....
Assuming that both your PS3 and someone's wallet was stolen at your party, there is a strong possibility that the two thefts are related. If not, than there still is a possibility of both individuals (one who took the PS3, the other who took the wallet) would know each other. I would most definitely go to the 7-11 and inquire to view their surveillance footage.
Keep in mind; stores like 7-11 are franchised and individually owned, so surveillance cameras vary by location. I've been to somewhere they have six cameras all recording to a DVR that keeps footage saved for 30 days (most excellent). Than again I've been to others where they have one camera, set to a time delayed 24hr style VCR. Assuming they save the tapes, or haven't recorded over the old footage......... it's anyone's luck at that point.
Once you file a police report, if you don't speaking to a plain clothes officer with the title (detective or investigator) the same day you file it, expect whatever officer they assign your case to...... to get it the next day. From there they will start the investigation. If you have "time sensitive" information, make sure you have that as you are filing it. Also, take your time when filing. Actually go to the police station, fill out a statement, hand over photo copies of all pertinent information, and be prepared to loose an hour of your life. It's the cases where people doesn't leave the safety of their living room, that you end up "shorting" yourself. Hopefully you remember everything, hopefully the dispatcher taking your call gets it all right, and hopefully the officer assigned to your case isn't irked by the fact there is no supporting documentation (might proactively work another case until you send the info or he/she can call you).
I wouldn't suggest playing cop yourself, unless you think whoever took your property did it as a joke, and would openly return it without batting an eye. Frankly, confronting other people who were willing to break the law at your expense, might also be the types that willing break your face over such "allegations"! Once you file a report you will be better off, that way you can simply email or call which ever officer is assigned to your case and give them these pieces of information.
Regarding the 48 hour rule of SCEA......well that is them. Since I've never had to report anything like this too them, I am unaware of their procedures. Though that 48 hour ruling sounds like an effect of the holiday weekend. I'm sure you will hear back, so stick with it! Calling doesn't hurt either.
If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me through this thread, as I will be more than happy to answer them.
- Detective C.
Just because your friend doesn't have his serial number now, doesn't mean he can't go about acquiring it!
Much like one of the random posts in the middle, I 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):
1. Depending on where purchased, the receipt would have a serial number (either paper instore copy or digital online copy)
2. If you don't have the receipt, contact the loss prevention/security section of said store (Target, Walmart, Best Buy, etc). If the purchase was conducted in the last 30-90 days (depending on the store) they can "pull" your receipt from their database, and print you a copy. If the time frame is longer, that same department can contact their corporate loss prevention and that division can pull the receipt.
3. SCEA, through an affidavit, can match your "known" serial number to the MAC address (which is what they need), but the opposite is also possible.
4. In the vein of thinking of #3....... have your friend check their router settings to see if the MAC address is locked into the device (ie- if you gave it a static IP, any special permissions, etc).
5. Depending on how your home internet is connected and device usage, your internet service provider might also have your MAC address on file, as an authorized accessible device.
6. If the device was registered with SCEA via the PSN, either the serial number or MAC address is on SCEA's files (I forget which one).
In regards to you having some of your friends information on your system since you're "friends".......... it is possible, but far beyond my skill set. As in; I'm sure it's in some text file somewhere within the Sony files (which are virtually under lock and key), but alas I do not believe you will or would be able to access such information. Sorry.
If you need any other assistance, do not hesitate to ask / message / post.
Hope this helps!
- Detective C.
PSN - MrBook
I'm sorry to hear the Jacksonville PD wasn't able to recover your PS3, as a "returned item" story would have rang better in this thread (bummer). Quick question or two.......
Your investigating officer just never tried to contact SCEA? Did he/she not have the necessary information to contact them?
Did you have all the necessary information (ie- your serial number, MAC address, etc)?
Did you message me with your investigators information, so I could forward my contact info at SCEA to them?
If you provided your serial number to the police, at a minimum it should be entered into the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) system or within the FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) database. You could always ask the detective assigned to your case for a "NIC" number. It's the number assigned to property entered into the NCIC system. Normally people wouldn't ask for such a thing, but I see no reason why they wouldn't provide it (assuming they entered it). At a minimum, to give you a warm fuzzy on the whole situation. In order to enter it though, they would need the serial number.
Once it has been entered into this system if the device ever turns up at a pawn shop, or retail game store they are required by law to list the item on a specific State form and submit it to local police. If that item pops up as "Stolen" then police will recover the item and conduct an investigation (or add to an existing one).
Hopefully you went the "extra mile", gave all the necessary paper work / information over to police, and what you say is unfortunately true...... that they "dropped the ball". I hate to see it when it happens, so there's a small cop part of me that is hoping there's an unforeseen circumstance that prevented them from contacting SCEA, but who knows (I've seen similar acts in my day).
Again, sorry to hear about your PS3 remaining "at large", and hopefully you had insurance, so maybe I'll see you online one day.
- Detective C.