‘You have to take security seriously’: Thief leaves brutal note after stealing college student’s laptop

A young woman is devastated after her laptop is stolen, with the thieves leaving a scathing note behind.

“Sorry, you have to take security seriously. Blame the council and get your laptops back,” the note said.

The thief ended the note with a seemingly sarcastic “sowwy†and sad face.

“I’m going to steal your laptop and it’s like I’m trying to rub it in your face that it’s gone,’ he said.

Rachel, an after-school worker at Seaforth Community Center in Sydney’s north, described the post as “really vindictive”.

An after-school worker at Seaforth Community Center in North Sydney was devastated after a burglar stole her laptop, leaving behind a scathing note.

He described himself as a “broke university student” and was now faced with paying thousands of dollars for a new computer and losing all his jobs before his final year.

“I’m broke, I’m a university student, I’m still studying,’ he said.

“I don’t have enough money to buy a new one, I got it a few months ago and still haven’t paid.

“I literally live with it, my whole life is on that laptop.â€

He said the laptop was left in a locked office overnight and he didn’t know how secure the place was.

Police recovered the paper and pen used to write the letter and will try to find fingerprints if possible, but the young woman said she would not pursue the case if the thief returned the laptop after posting about it online.

“If a middle school or elementary school student is just bored and bored, I hope that if a parent sees the post, they will come back home. See a non-themed laptop and be like, ‘I know where that’s from,'” he said.

“I don’t care who took him, even if they call me on a private number and arrange to release him at a certain time, I need him back.â€

In response to her message, concerned members of the community advised her that she would need to get a new laptop through her council insurance, but she was told that this would not apply as it was her personal laptop.

Image of laptop, smartphone and cup on wooden coffee table.
Concerned team members advised her to try and get a new laptop through council insurance.
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He also resisted requests to set up a GoFundMe or similar fundraising campaign to fund the new computer.

“I always learned that if you want something, you have to do it for yourself,†he said.

“[Losing the laptop] not a big deal compared to people who are homeless or struggling.


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