It goes without saying that you should never mess with a hacker. Stealing a hacker's computer would be like stealing his or her children.
Want to know what happens when a hacker gets his computer stolen? Check out this entertaining story that was relayed at DEF CON.
Skip ahead to 3:15 in the video to jump to the start of the story.
But yeah, he got really lucky. If that computer were to be sold to another "knowable" person, he would've never gotten it back.
While there was a little bit of revenge and vindication for this hacker, most people never see their computer again...
whoever steals my machine won't know what hit him.