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A video game designer says he's planning to cash in on his story of spying on a chubby-fancying pr0n-lover who came into possession of his stolen laptop. The London-based designer, who prefers to remain anonymous, is looking to monetise his (NSFW) Plumpergeddon blog detailing his surveillance of his Macbook Pro’s new owner. The …

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I like it !

Only one problem with it. Is Mr. Plumpy the miscreant that stole the device, or is he just a man who bought a second hand laptop on the local second hand website ?

In any case, I find the ineptitude of the local plod sickening. This is a robbery crime in which they have been handed a trail, but apparently they prefer sitting around playing with their genitals instead of restoring a modicon of belief in the system for a tax paying citizen. Makes me want to barf.

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on the blog it states the "plumper pass" was purchased with his card.

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Ah - ok. Looks like "Plumper" is the thief then.

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Plumpy was also selling stuff on Ebay that matched purchases made on his credit card.

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So why not wait for an eBay listing, ask him for cash on collection and take a couple of heavies with you to meet him?

We can all point the finger at the police for lounging about, but it seems like there are some things he can do to track this guy himself.

Sounds like he's just playing a game with the thief, but fair play to him ... I would love to do something like that.

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I would imagine that the used price would be so low as to be obviously hooky.

If you set the price too high and people start asking questions about the origin, warranty and receipts etc.

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Lock him in a box and put him on Ebay ......

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I actually wrote an article about something similar for All About Symbian a few years back. I'd bought a second hand Panasonic phone off ebay and when i received it it had someone's bank account details on it. I called one of the numbers on the phone and it turned out it had been stolen in Manchester a few weeks back. Contacted eBay - they didn't want anything to do with it. Contacted Paypal - they didn't want anything to do with it. Went to the police station with a complete record of all emails between me, the seller, ebay, the works - nothing came of it. I returned the phone to the young lady it had been stolen from but wasn't able to get a refund from either Paypal or eBay.

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If you pop along to the actual website you will see that not only has he provided the police with the screenshots and webcam footage but also the address the laptop is at as well as the address the thief gets his purchases delivered to (his mum/sister/aunty) - the only reason the guy hasn't confronted the thief is because the police would no doubt arrest him for harassment or some nonsense - even with 2.5GB of evidence prooving "Mr Plumper" IS the mugger - the Police have "closed the investigation pending further leads"

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Cops? Ha! I had an entire CAR stolen

...and they did nothing.

The thief parked it illegally in his street and I got the ticket.

So I told police where it was.

They didn't do anything as at this point it was a civil matter, apparently.

I was also warned that I'd be arrested if I went and stole it back.

The most helpful thing the police did was to ensure the car go re-registered in his name so police would know who to nick if the car was cammed speeding or parked illegally.

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That's why you use creditcards (yes, even with paypal). They're usually happy to do charge backs.

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If you find *your* car parked somewhere you don't remember parking it, unlock it with your key and drive it off, it's hardly stealing? Or is our justice really so foo-barred that you'd get into trouble for that?

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« on the blog it states the "plumper pass" was purchased with his card. »

Well, maybe he bought the card at the same second-hand shop as the laptop.

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Not that helpful really, because now he appears legit, so if you drove it off, you'd no longer appear to own it (?) although I suppose he isn't insured etc.

In fact, sooner or later its going to be impounded, I think when the insurance/MOT comes due, if its on the road - you bet they won't tell you if it has been impounded. The whole thing sounds like you have a civil case against the police, surely? Unless of course, they have some government-granted loophole.

Nothing shocks me about the filth's behaviour. What is really shocking is that not one of them has ever been successfully prosecuted for murder or manslaughter despite 1433 people dying since 1990 after "some contact" with police. I know they're not all dodgy but I don't think words are adequate to describe the horror that at least some of those must have experienced.

I've surprised myself TBH by how angry I am about that :-)

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"If you find *your* car parked somewhere you don't remember parking it, unlock it with your key and drive it off, it's hardly stealing?"

Quite. If it is your property, by definition, you would not be stealing it. Furthermore, if the Police couldn't be arsed to arrest the actual thief, they are hardly going to get around to arresting the rightful owner (they'll likely be too busy looking for kerbs to trip over or totting up their bungs from the press).

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Did you have insurance to cover the theft? If not, I can't see why you could be arrested for stealing your own property that is still legally registered to you. If you did, and you don't mind breaking the law a bit to get back at the thief, there's a whole range of options from dumping sugar in the tank to setting it on fire from which you could avail yourself.

If I was in a similar situation and the police basically told me to stuff it, I'd call the local newspapers and TV stations. I'm sure at least one of them would be interested in my story, and while I still might not get the car back, it'd make the police look like the morons they were for doing nothing about a stolen car. You might want to avoid even the slightest infraction for a while if you went that route, police don't like to be called out as morons even (especially) when they are.

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Erm, really?

I mean, everything apart from no refund from paypal/eBay? Just report it as "goods not as described" and paypal will whip the money right back.

It's the main way that I've been scammed on eBay, by people buying things from me, then either reporting them as not delivered (if no signature required) or "not as described". Get into a dispute and your paypal is locked up.

I get accused of being racist for not shipping to certain nations without cash upfront. But if half my packages to Spain and Italy "go missing" or are mysteriously swapped enroute, then no sale. Will accept bitcoins tho :)

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So, it's a crime to retrieve your own stolen car?

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Sadly, Q.E.D. - good guys finish last...

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Or is it a faked theft and Mr Plumpy is an accomplice to make the Blogger money from Porn?

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I have heard of this before (someone saw their other car on the road and started to follow it) and yes I would have recovered my own car.

In the above one they were threatened with arrest if they followed it.

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This is almost too much.

Just take the spare key and take your car back.

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After they re-registered it, I would have stolen it, shoved a piece of wood on the accelerator and aimed it at the police car lot. Oh, go speeding through some speed cameras too.

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actual theft of a tangible item...

You'd have a better case if it was just copyright "theft" then the cops would be right in there !!!

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Well I expect the pornographers to do the blogger for copyright infringement. (He's posted screen caps of their copyrighted content.) Welcome to the 21st Century: one big parrotty error.

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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Yes, har-de-har, excuse for a jab at the RIAA et al, fair enough but it is getting a little tired now.

Not least because your comment is not even remotely close to the truth.

In the UK the police have never been and are not at present involved in any cases of "copyright theft" or "piracy" because copyright is a civil matter

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"parroty error"

Upvoted!

Polly want a cracker?

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"In the UK the police have never been and are not at present involved in any cases of "copyright theft" or "piracy" because copyright is a civil matter"

Not if it's with intent to resell the copyrighted materials.

Meanwhile, the pr0n screen captures are clearly fair use.

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AFAIK pr0n gets out as "not copyrightable" in some countries. No idea the laws here... does anyone?

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Good point. Now I finally have a good excuse for loading the thing up with pirated material..

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Ah, finally, the reason we have police!

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Not good, dude.

"The Office of the Information Commissioner was cc'd in their reply but didn't bother contacting me with any further details. I warned him a year ago I'd go public if they didn't act, so now I am."

You "warned" a public official? What a fucking idiot.

Willful, intentional, and public vigilantism will only get you into trouble if the perp/ROSG gets hurt as a result of you publicizing this.

HTH, HAND.

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Oh give it rest!

From the information the victim seems pretty damn sure the perp was the one who nicked the laptop and credit cards in the first place, evidence of sales of the goods he bought with the cards.

Too much of this "Ah the poor criminal, think of his rights.". Well what about the victim's rights? The right to be able to walk safely on our streets without being attacked by sexually deviated chubby-chasing robbers with a Mac fetish!

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What do you have against Chubby Chasing? At least only moderately chubby...

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Of course we should have the freedom to walk the streets unmolested by twats. But

a) you know the law in the UK is never about the vic & never will be - the crime is against the Crown.

b) This is about the plod being bone idle, whatever bullshit excuse they trot out. They are the last people to give a toss about anyone's rights... except their rights of course(like if they trip over a kerb "investigating" a robbery )

They'd love to bring back backseat confessions & all that lovely 70's style nastiness in a flash. They're bound to interpret any kind of law to do with any human rights in the most stupid,sulky way as possible in the vain hope that said laws will look stupid & will be forgotten about & they can go back to nicking who they like.

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They're easy to catch.... I agree though, although I imagine the women he likes are rather offputting to most. We're not talking about pleasantly voluptuous here, we're talking "call the Hiab lorry to take her to hospital to get her pressure sores done" I reckon.

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I prefer curvy ladies to stick insects, but not the ones in those photos. They are morbidly obese, not chubby.

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The blog

makes a fascinating read.

I am shocked about the way the police dealt with the evidence presented to them. Or is this typical of West London police?

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This is pretty typical behaviour by the police in London I would say.

I had a motorbike fitted with a tracker stolen about 6 months ago. Tracking system went live 20 seconds after the thieves had stolen it, the company who provided the tracking service kept me up to date and passed all the data onto the Met police control room in pretty much real time.

I actually saw the data afterwards and they had a live track of the bike being moved through the streets and its final resting location. (lock up garage in a scummy estate). It even knew when the thieves were disconnecting the electronics to try and disable it (so they knew someone was in the garage)!

Police simply couldn't be arsed to go there and recover the bike. Took them 4 days to actually get a warrant to go in after I adopted an approach of calling them every 30 mins to ask for an update. Of course by this time it was gone, along with about 6 other stolen bikes that were in there! (just their disconnected trackers left according to the report)

After my experience its no surprise to find that an average of 35 motorbikes are stolen each day in central London (almost none of which are recovered). Some insures are now refusing to insure for theft inside London!

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Had mine stolen from a parking bay in South Kensington, right under the nose of a CCTV camera mounted to a lamppost, neither the Police or the council ever discovered who was running the camera, it didn't seem to concern them that someone had installed it overlooking a bike bay.

It was a few years ago but it turned out that there was just one copper in London who was assigned to bike thefts.

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To be fair, every bike off the road is an accident prevented, so why would Plod want to recover any?

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"To be fair, every bike off the road is an accident prevented"

So all the stats that show it's more often than not car driver's hitting us are wrong then?

I know you're trolling, but I can't help biting on that one.

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"To be fair, every bike off the road is an accident prevented"

Let's consider taking either cars of the road or bikes as separate scenarios.

1. Taking the bikes off the roads, I would expect more cars on the road, more congestion, more accidents between cars.

2. Taking cars off the road, I would expect far far fewer fatal accidents, fewer serious accidents, the same or fewer minor accidents, far less congestion.

In any case, when I drive I am not stuck in traffic I AM traffic.

When I cycle I am not risking my life, the dangerous drivers are risking my life, and I'm pretty much never traffic, either being it or stuck in it.

The point of view of The First Dave is askew somewhat.

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Yeah.... all wankers to a man

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To be fair, every idiot driver would be an accident prevented. Sounds like you need your licence taken away too...

Yeah, downvote this...

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Plod these days

Anyone know if it is better or worse since Thatcher? I'm a Merkin and have been wondering.

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Well, it can be quite difficult to avoid the biker who suddenly plants himself in front of your car - if the traffic is already doing 80, there's no need to filter. I also got overtaken by a bunch of bikers pulling wheelies past me last Sunday week. They wouldn't have been doing that if they'd seen the biker being lifted off the A34 into an air ambulance earlier that day.

I'm not trying to tar all with the same brush, but I've come across far too many lunatics in the last two weekends - probably because it's the first "nice" weather we've had.

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"Took them 4 days to actually get a warrant..."

Hmm, possibly it isn't the police but the judicial system that's the real problem. Of course the police could have been slow preparing a warrant for signature, but if they can't find a judge - make that a magistrate - with adequate time to take a pen and sign the warrant ... It could also be that due to screwy procedural rules evidence developed by a victim can't be used to obtain a warrant.

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Sorry for your loss :(

Didn't one of Carole Nash's studies state 50% of UK bike thefts occur in London?

London's bike thefts is one of the reasons I don't live there any more and rarely go to other than to places where I know it'll be secure.

Met Police is a disgrace when it comes to this... :(

Fail, because that's what the MPS mostly is

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