Nintendo 3DS Stolen in Classroom. Need Advice for Recovery
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I brought my Nintendo 3DS to school on Oct. 30 (I know I'm dumb) and it was stolen during 2nd hour (my first class of the day). I'll try to make my story short while including everything.

I strongly believe it was the student that sits next to me (Class of 15 students).
My teacher wanted to take us to the book fair that day.
Before we left, she had us do an assignment so I unzipped the small pocket of my backpack while facing him to take out a pencil. (turned to the right)
The Nintendo 3DS is visible in the pocket and he offered me a piece of paper while looking at me.
This isn't the first time I've brought it to school, but I don't bring it everyday.
I did not take it out at all during the class period so no one else knew I brought it that day.
We leave for the book fair and our teacher tells us to leave our stuff in the class and that we'd be back before the bell rang.
She also tells us to bring our money/wallet or whatever we needed to the book fair.
She told me she was the last one out of the door, and locked both doors to our room.
When we come back, I check my bag and notice that my 3DS is missing. I look around and notice that the student next to me is also missing. I find out later he went to the career center (Probably to prevent me from searching him on the spot)
I begin to wishfully think that I had just not brought my DS to school and that it was at home.
I tell my teacher this, and she says that she hopes it is at home. The bell rings so I leave to my next class.
I go home 5th hour (I have 6th hour off) and it is not there so I return to school and report what has happened so far to security.
They bring him in and search him. He comes out clean (I'm not sure what they checked, probably just his backpack)
He has had from 2nd to 6th hour to hide the 3DS somewhere. (2nd Hour is my first class of the day).
Why would he steal the 3DS then just keep it in his backpack and wait to get searched?
They called his parents and as any typical mom would say, "I can't imagine my son would do that".
They also told her to keep a lookout to see if he has it.
They told me to keep my eyes and ears out for anything about it (Really why would he talk about it or bring it back to school)

The next day, I talk to my teacher. She tells me that the student had asked her to return to the classroom to retrieve his wallet from his backpack (even though she told us to take it before we left).
Our class is connected to another class through a small passage, so the teacher next door let him through to get his wallet. She did not watch him.
This is when I believe he stole it. My backpack is right next to his.
He easily opens my bag, grabs my ds, puts it in his bag, grabs his wallet, then leaves.
The teacher next door defended him saying that he was a good student and he was only in there for a "split second" and she didn't think it was enough time for him to do it (-.-)
My teacher and I talk to the assistant principal (separately) and he basically said the same thing.
They have done everything they could but they can't do anything else without hard proof as in a video camera catching him

Our school does not put cameras in classrooms, only in hallways where he obviously would not have it out.

TLDR; I believe a student stole my 3DS with only STRONG (I believe) circumstantial evidence and no direct evidence. Both doors were locked, he was the only one allowed in the room by the teacher next door to retrieve his wallet, which is right next to my backpack UNSUPERVISED and the school told me that they have done all they could without catching him on video. First class of the day, found missing same hour after class returns from book fair. He is also missing after I discover my 3DS gone.

Also I found this about my evidence:
"Circumstantial evidence is most often employed in criminal trials...Books, movies, and television often perpetuate the belief that circumstantial evidence may not be used to convict a criminal of a crime. But this view is incorrect. In many cases, circumstantial evidence is the only evidence linking an accused to a crime; direct evidence may simply not exist. As a result, the jury may have only circumstantial evidence to consider in determining whether to convict or acquit a person charged with a crime. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has stated that "circumstantial evidence is intrinsically no different from testimonial [direct] evidence"(Holland v. United States, 348 U.S. 121, 75 S. Ct. 127, 99 L. Ed. 150 [1954]). Thus, the distinction between direct and circumstantial evidence has little practical effect in the presentation or admissibility of evidence in trials."
Source: http://www.ted.com/conversations/139...dence_eno.html

I am planning to file a police report since my school can not help me any further. It feels so blatantly obvious that he was the one who stole it yet he's just getting away with it like this.

How far can I take this with the police and what are the chances of getting it back? This has been on my mind so much it feels like it's all I can think about other than when I am playing league or watching anime. I am posting this here because I don't know where else I can ask.

Thank you for taking the time to read if you did.
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Posted 11/2/13 , edited 11/2/13
definitely file a police report after reporting it to the relevant people in school. I hate thieving trash at school. Either way, all i can say is never bring something like a 3ds to school again. Unlike a phone it's harder to track down, unless you can keep it in a hard to reach pocket like i did.
If what you're saying is true, then that makes the person who you're talking about most likely to steal it. But as he sits next to you , would you say that he had a tendency to steal?
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Posted 11/2/13 , edited 11/2/13
Before going to the police, teachers or starting accusations towards said student;

Check if you still have the box you bought your 3DS in, I am not 100% sure about this but usually there is a sticker on the outside of the box wich has the device's serial number.
If you have the box and it has the serial number, approach the teachers first and tell them the story.
Give the box as proof and let the teachers do a check with the 3DS of your fellow student you happen to suspect of stealing it.
The is no better proof than corresponding serial numbers!

If they correspond you can choose to either have the teachers take action or if you really want the authorities to handle this.
In either case, always get the parents involved.

For future prevention:
Put something of a mark somewhere that is either extremely obvious but hard to remove like an engraving or if possible in a spot only you know of like a letter or word in a hidden compartment like underneath the battery or another easy to reach but not clearly visible or obvious spot.
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I say do nothing pretend like you havent lost it and keep your cool. This is a lesson you need to learn and a feeling you need to over come

the world is a terrible place and kids have no moral man :)
the more you fight into it the worst will come. face your lost, i know its expensive but
you'll need to get over it trust me in a few years 100 bucks isn't much at least when your my age lol.
i've lost plenty of money and so will you 3ds is just the beginning wait til you get older lol



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Posted 11/2/13 , edited 11/2/13

SoulKanon wrote:

TLDR; I believe a student stole my 3DS with only STRONG (I believe) circumstantial evidence and no direct evidence. Both doors were locked, he was the only one allowed in the room by the teacher next door to retrieve his wallet, which is right next to my backpack UNSUPERVISED and the school told me that they have done all they could without catching him on video. First class of the day, found missing same hour after class returns from book fair. He is also missing after I discover my 3DS gone.


Damn, that's a crappy thing to have happen. However, individual personal threads aren't allowed in the forums, so I'm closing this now. I see you have already received a few replies, but if you feel you need more please post in the General Help/Advice Thread.

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