that really sucks black chef. too bad you didn't have one of these: LoJack for Laptops - Stolen Computer Recovery Service
i feel your pain. i've had my car broken in to several times in the city over the years. like you, they took some stuff, like a beavis and butthead visor clip and old, cheap sunglasses, but they left other valuable stuff like a big bag of quarters for the parking meters, and an expensive hunting knife.
the worst was when, like a dumb a$$, i left my tackle box in the trunk. they stole it, making away with fishing reels and lures that were my dad's or grandfather's from ireland, some over 100 years old. if i ever see that tackle box next to a guy fishing in the hudson river, he's going in the river and i'm taking my box back!
now, i vigilantly make sure there's nothing left in my truck that can be stolen, or that i care about.
i'll keep my fingers crossed that the thief will do something stupid to get caught, and you'll get your laptop back.