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Friday, June 16, 2006

This is a story you just can't miss

Have you read about the saga of Evan Guttman, the guy that mistakenly left his Sidekick in a Manhatten Taxi, only to have it stolen by a young mother, who used it to take photos of herself, her child, her boyfriend, and her brother? All of those photos and her text messages, emails, etc. were uploaded to T-Mobile, the service provider Evan had registered his Sidekick with. So Evan, using another Sidekick, found all the data from his Sidekick, including the photos, names and addresses of the thieves, etc.

He took this information to his local police precinct and filed a report. A report the police totally fucked up, listing it as a closed case of lost property. So poor Evan had to try and deal with some very obnoxious Manhatten police and one very helpful officer that advised him how to proceed, even after being detained at the precinct by one very arrogant officer.

In the meantime, Evan started a web site to try and talk the thief into returning the sidekick. The website, which is updated very often, has step by step accounts of the entire affair from June 6th, when the device was stolen, up until today. But the web sites aren't all. Since he originally told his story, he's been written up in the NY Times (who wrote the story without ever talking to him, intimating that he might have contacted the wrong person about the theft, which he has not. Had the Times writer contacted him, she would have discovered that the thief admitted her guilt, as did her brother, mother, and everyone else in Corona NY where she lives.), been interviewed on various radio shows, and has been the subject of quite a few internet forums, many of which were pulled down after they broke due to the huge volume of traffic.

Currently, there is one forum that is still up and running, although it has the usual conspiracy theorists and doubters. The vast majority of the international audience following this story have been supportive, helping to host forums, find attorneys, provide legal advice, etc. It's quite a good story of right over might.

So far, nothing has happened to solve the problem. The 16 year old thief's mom is threatening harassment suits because he has posted all this information onto the internet. She's whistling dixie. The boyfriend has left threats in email. Evan has copies of everyone admitting to taking part in the crime. And the police, embarassed by the negative international publicty, have reluctantly reopened the case and classified it as a theft.

Stay tuned for more updates as they occur!
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4 Comments:

Blogger Erin said...

My husband has been obsessed with this. Weird.

I hope he gets his Sidekick back. Why do people have to be so perverse? Couldn't they have just returned the thing?

16/6/06 8:13 PM  
Blogger Shane said...

what a bunch of weasels

16/6/06 10:11 PM  
Blogger Carmi said...

This is a perfect example of what happens when people lose their sense of right and wrong. My, how I wish we could return to the era of the small village, where people never locked their doors and they respected the property and the rights of others.

As if that'll ever happen again. Sigh.

Shabbat shalom!

16/6/06 10:51 PM  
Blogger srp said...

Here from Michele.
Are the days gone when parents would make children return the pencil they shoplifted from the corner store? Obviously.

16/6/06 11:36 PM  

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