The thief had taken both my GPS device (bought almost exactly a year ago) and my cellphone (the n900 that I've had for about 9 months). I used one of my friends cell phone to attempt to negotiate with the thief for the return of the device by text messaging my phone, but was ultimately unsuccessful. The thief considered any return attempt to be "too risking" which is probably a reasonable assessment on his part. He did agree to clear the device; however, I had no way of confirming such a thing. Robbing people during Thanksgiving: the new American pasttime.
I suppose I was lucky that the thief was apparently rushing. S/He managed to miss the $100 in quarters that was in the front passenger seat (covered by a magazine), my iPod that was in the front center console (covered up by various papers, and my DSiXL which was in the center console pocket.
I've written off both devices as simply gone and have already made steps to replace them. Amazon had several Black Friday deals on GPS devices, so I picked up a TomTom from one. I then went to the Pasadena T-Mobile store and signed a new contract to get a new phone. This time, I've gone with a G2 which is an Android phone with a flip out keyboard. My hope is that it is mostly on feature parity with my old phone. It was rather difficult to get T-Mobile to let me get a new phone, with a contract discount, with my old number. They seemed to be convinced that this was impossible, but when I made the argument that I could simply walk one block down to ATT and get a new phone, with my old number, under a contract if they were unwilling to help, then it suddenly became possible.
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