My apartment was broken into and my Sony Vaio laptop was stolen. I still have the box with the serial number, but the police say they can't do anything unless they have to raid someone's house in the event of another crime taking place. Only then will it be possible for them to track it if it happens to be in the home they're raiding. All this because the police 'don't have time' to check all the homes in my area. The worst thing is, I know who did this but have no way of proving it. Having the box with the serial number didn't help, and the police are as useful as a fish with a bicycle (especially in England where criminals have more rights than victims). I'm sorry your laptop got stolen, but I'm not giving up without a fight (or at least some compensation). Hope you find some way of tracking it down.