This story needs to get onto Digg, Netscape, Techmeme, and all of the web news outlets. This story over at Gottabemobile was the first I heard of this, so that’s the one I’m linking to. Here’s what happened:
The Tablet PC and UMPC fan base is often referred to as a community. This is why am reaching out to the online Tablet and UMPC fan base so that we can all respond in a unified front.
On Sunday, February 11, the TabletKiosk warehouse in Torrance, CA was robbed. The thieves stole a considerable number of Sahara Slate PCs, eo v7110s and eo v7210 units.
We are working with the police to catch the perpetrators and retrieve the stolen units and are exploring every possible avenue. This is why we are asking for assistance from the Tablet and UMPC community who often uncover significant information about Tablet PCs and UMPCs online.
The stolen units are both pre-configured and configured units as well as some customers’ personal machines.
If you find information about any eo UMPC or Sahara Slate PCs for sale which seem too good to be true, I would appreciate if you would send the information to my attention. A reward will be provided for the person who provides us with information leading to the culprit.
Gail Levy has been a great liaison to the community, and it just plain sucks that someone robbed a warehouse full of specialty devices like the Sahara Slate Tablet PCs and the eo UMPCs. So let’s use the geeky tools and technology at our disposal to help catch whoever did this (whoa – I felt like I was on America’s Most Wanted for a second).
First, Digg this story, so we can get the story in front of as many people as possible. (As of the time of this writing, it wasn’t on Digg yet, so I added it.) Post it to reddit, Netscape, forums, or wherever you think people might see it and be able to help.
Second, create some search feeds to keep an eye out for any TabletKiosk units on eBay or Craigslist. Here is an eBay RSS feed for all “TabletKiosk” items (only 5 as of now).
Subscribe to that feed, and you’ll see any new items listed on eBay that match. You could also subscribe to the feed for a more specific search, like v7210, but as of now, there are no results, so I think the “TabletKiosk” search is about the right level.
You can do the same thing on Craigslist, but since Craigslist is separated by city, do it in your own town. I’ve got a search feed for Portland, but you’ll need to create one for your town. Just search the “For Sale” area, and click the little orange link to get a feed to subscribe to.
If you find anyone selling these devices for “too good to be true” prices, or you have any other leads, please email Gail directly with your tips. If you want to be anonymous, use your favorite anonymizing proxy service.
If you have any other ideas or suggestions to try to track down these stolen units, and/or catch the perpetrators, post a comment, or something on your own blog.
Gail, I really hope we can help you out with this – please let us know if there’s anything else we can do!