Silverdale man posts stolen iPod online rather than report to sheriff
By GREG SKINNER
Central Kitsap Reporter Editor
August 26, 2011 · 11:50 AM
A Silverdale man recently posted the serial number for his stolen iPod on an online stolen property site rather than report it to the police.
Silverdale carpenter Pete Bancroft said he didn’t really expect to find his iPod through the stolen911.com, but that he believes “petty theft” is not a high priority for the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
If a pawnshop, or anyone thinking about buying the stolen iPod, Googled the iPod serial number, 8N6490brv9m, the first page holds his stolen report, he said.
“It’s all about the serial number on the back,” Bancroft said. “If there is a chance [to recover it] this is probably it.”
The sheriff’s department has a strong relationship with pawnshops, Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson recently said. Local shops check to see if a potential pawn item is stolen, he said.
A 30-gigabyte 5th generation iPod was stolen from Bancroft’s truck parked near his Silverdale home. Loaded with photos and all types of music “from rock to country,” the iPod was probably taken by a kid from a near by summer party that went on that night, he said.
The truck was not locked, he said.
He had backups to all the files but had presentations for potential clients in the photo files. It was also a portfolio of his remodeling work.
Stolen 911 did not respond to an interview request, but their website says their database is unlike other stolen property databases in that anyone can use it to report or search stolen property information posted there.
Created by Marc Hinch in 2007, stolen911.com claims to be the easiest approach to getting stolen property into major search engines like Google.
The 911 Facebook page is peppered with stolen iPod commentary from across the nation.
The site also includes a custom Google search feature to search for an individual piece of stolen property that may be posted for sale on craigslist.org.
Bancroft said he’s been the subject of thievery only once before. About 15 years ago someone stole his car stereo. It was that experience that left him believing that deputies can’t do much more than fill out papers.
Regarding his new approach to security from petty thieves Bancroft said, “I keep the doors locked, and stuff out of [my truck].”Contact Central Kitsap Reporter Editor Greg Skinner at email@example.com or 1-360-308-9161 (ext 5050).