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Stolen Tablet ~ Please return

UPDATE:
For those who weren't following on FA. They've agree'd to send the tablet back.
I'm still waiting on a tracking number and all that, so we'll see what happens!
But they've said they're sending it back. So I'm hopeful.

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http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/1014433
I was told I should perhaps post this here, sorry if it doesn't belong.
I own a wacom intuos 3, that I allowed a good friend to use.
His ex-room mate, when he moved out took it with him.
Honest mistake, many people accidentally take something with them in a move. Who hasn't come home before and realized, oh no I accidently stole soandso's lighter.
So I contacted his ex-roommate, Razr (also his fa user name) and he answered my phone call the first time, and said it was given him to him as a gift by my friend and he was busy at the moment at a party and asked if I could call later. Again, not a big a deal of course I don't want to ruin someones good time by bothering them about such things at a party.

I tried to contact him the next day. Nothing.
The day after? Nothing, and the day after and after and after.
I sent him text messages, left him voicemails, sent him notes through FA.
Nothing.

If he was honestly given the tablet under false pretenses and thought it was gift, why act so shady?

Eventually his room mate/mistress contacted me on his behalf. She told me, Razr will NOT give up that tablet since it was "gifted" to him. That I should purchase a new tablet, and that I should talk to my friend about paying me for it.

If someone gave you a gift you later learned was stolen, wouldn't you return it to it's rightful owner? I've offered to pay for shipping and handling. I've tried explaining to them that this tablet means a lot to me sentimental wise, since I had work my ass off to come up with $200 and my uncle paid the $250+ difference on it when we purchased it for my birthday.
She told me, Sorry but it's not her problem or business and wishes me the best of luck.


I want my tablet back. :c It cost me and my uncle a lot of money. It means a ton to me, more then it would to anyone else. I don't want another tablet or a new one. I just want mine :/

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blackswan666
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
File a police report. It's stolen, the person knows it's stolen goods. That makes him as guilty as the "friend" that "gifted" it to him.
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casteddreams
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
I also recommend taking legal action if you can.

I'm somewhat familiar with his Mistress, as I've done commission work for her. I'm surprised she'd act this way about it, it's a shame. :(
stitchex
Oct. 27th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
I was confused as well since I knew Razr for a few months and he never seemed like someone who'd do something like this :/
warsawkook
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
What everyone else said - police report. Even if nothing comes of it, report that crap.
kadaria
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm sorry that you lost your tablet :(
And I'm not really sure what else you can do other than ask them to return the tablet. I hate to say it but there really is no way (legally at least) to determine what happened here, that is to say whether Razr actually stole it or not.
While he is being a giant douche about the whole thing, I think the friend you originally loaned it to needs to take some responsibility as well and at least help you get this one back or help you buy a new one.
Because if I had lost something that a friend had lent me I would at least try to replace it or pay them the cash to get a new one.
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pariah_kittie
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Do you still have any receipts, original paperwork, or the box (especially for the serial number) of the tablet? If you do that's evidence that it's your property and you could file a police report, and besides that's an expensive piece of equipment!
Also, your friend needs to get straight with you and tell you what happened and what they know. If he had anything to do with it then he's at least partly responsible too.
dripbat
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
I was thinking this too. If you can match the numbers on it with the ones on the box and such (I think they might have serial numbers, at least they should for being high priced items.)
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haricotvert
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
that's really fucking douche-y. legal action legal action LEGAL ACTION. that's a lot of money to be out of!
haricotvert
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
p.s. don't loan anything expensive/sentimental to friends anymore.
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spiffystuff
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Yo, I commented on your FA journal but just wanted to reiterate here so it doesn't get lost; try calling the police /where he now lives/! I know it's now out of the jurisdiction of /your/ cops, but it may well be in the jurisdiction of /his/ cops.
Super awesome you have receipts and registration and stuff!!!
Be persistent. Try the cops several times, talking to different ones, if you get one that's unhelpful.
stitchex
Oct. 27th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
I'm defiantly going to call the cops in his district and see if there's anyone that can help. Because in reality. In most cases like this when you know who has your stolen belongings, it just takes a simple phone call from an officer asking for the stuff back.
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enveri
Oct. 27th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
I realize taking him to small claims is expensive and so forth... I DO know someone that went on Judge Joe and won their case.

Just a thought.
stormslegacy
Oct. 27th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Ouch. I had an almost similar issue happen when a "friend" sold me her roomate's textbook then lied to the roomate that I had borrowed it a few months later...we ended up splitting the cost because the "friend" claimed I was renting the book from her and refused to get involved. It sucked.

In my case it was paid for...but if it had been a gift to me I would have returned it in a heartbeat. It sounds like the "gifting" was a lie.

I definitely second/third whatever legal action. It's stealing. If you can't get anywhere I'd honestly tell the friend pay me back for it because ultimately it was HIS responsibility. I wouldn't be shy about it either-not aggressive, but I also wouldn't offer it just as an offhand comment. If I lost something that I borrowed from a friend I would have NO qualm about replacing it if it got stolen--it wouldn't have been stolen if they hadn't been so kind.



stormslegacy
Oct. 27th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
Thinking about it...it might be effective just to let the person know that since it has a serial number you can prove it's stolen...that might be the kick in the pants they need to give it back, though they might break it first if they are vindictive.

File a police report regardless, it's free, and this is in fact a theft.
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armaina
Oct. 27th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
I know you're already working on taking legal action on the matter so I'm not going to suggest it again haha but it really irritates me that some people are suggesting you just ignore the issue and purchase a new one when the fact of the matter is that someone stole something of yours and you know who this person is. It just disgusts me that some people think it is acceptable to let him get away with it like nothing happened.

However I think the comment flood on his page is a bit much. I know you don't have any control over what people do, but I think he's gotten more than enough notice for now on the situation and the flood just seems a bit tacky. Maybe just add a quip to your FA journal that states you'd rather not have people crusade on his page anymore. I just have a feeling this could get way out of hand (moreso than it has) if carried on.
rainbow_roo
Oct. 27th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Wow. That guy has got some balls on him. Won't be asking for commissions from that guy if he has nothing to say on the matter here.
squirrelly_kaku
Oct. 27th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
If you have receipts of the tablet purchase and if you have it registered with Wacom, file at small claims. Hell, I'd add the price to file the claim to what you want from them, since they wanna be a douche and not give you the tablet back.

Even if your friend did give it away as a "gift", it's still receiving stolen property. And since he's aware now that it is in fact yours, he can get into trouble from a legal standpoint.
fiercereaper
Oct. 27th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
Police report.
fiercereaper
Oct. 27th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
And it doesn't matter if your friend actually "gifted" him the tablet. It's still your tablet, since you didn't give it away, so his RM can shelve that idea. I can give my neighbour's Seadoo to my cousin, but it's still my neighbour's friggin Seadoo.
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thaily
Oct. 27th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Call. The. Police.
cactusjack1999
Oct. 27th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
This x10000000000
pretty_omi
Oct. 27th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
Don't know your cost where you live, but in my area, small claims court is cheap, around $40 to file the paperwork is all. They usually have different areas for handling matters under certain dollar values. I'd file the police report and then follow up by seeing if you can take both the person who claims it was gifted to him, and the person who supposedly gave it to him to small claims. You can state you simply want your tablet back, and then even ask for the fees that you had to pay to file, since you had to go those lengths to get it back.
Best of luck
spiffystuff
Oct. 27th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Good to know - I don't think small claims would be expensive unless a lawyer is hired (THEY are usually expensive) and hiring a lawyer ought to be unnecessary!
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