A car burglary victim is prepared to negotiate with the
thieves who stole his laptop so he can retrieve vital
Top Dog Theatre musical director Robert Tait lost his Macbook
Pro when his car was broken into outside a Christchurch
school on January 20.
The computer contains the script and original music he has
written for the theatre's upcoming production of
Shakespeare's The Tempest at Mona Vale next month.
Mr Tait said to access his backup files he needed a hidden
code embedded in the stolen machine.
He would "gladly'' let the thief keep the computer if they or
an intermediary - "preferably an innocent representative'' -
will allow him to copy all his files onto a portable disk.
"This meeting will be on a no names, no pack drill basis, no
recriminations and no trickery,'' he promised.
Mr Tait said the thief has done him "a favour in a way''
because his replacement computer was "a step up'' from the
one he lost, but he still needed vital files from his old
"It's not only show stuff that's on it, there's other
important files and website data.''
Mr Tait said there was no doubt "the show would go on'' as he
was working to reconstruct the music and script for the play
performances from February 12 to 22.
- By Cullen Smith of the Christchurch Star