This may seem pretty trivial, but it really bothers me. We have an open office layout and anyone can sit wherever they like. I mostly sit at my single place since I'm the one who arrive very early in the office. We are a team of 10 people.
I am an iOS Developer and I need to keep all my iOS Devices on the desk to test my apps. Most of the times I plug in my Apple EarPods so that I don't get to hear the disturbance.
I have a personal iPhone and take all my accessories with myself. One day (about a month ago), I noticed that my iPhone's USB Cable is missing and I can't find it anywhere in my bag, home or the office. I suspected someone at the office but couldn't get enough proof to prove myself so I discarded it and being a careless fellow myself I thought I must have lost it somewhere without giving it a thought.
Last week, I noticed that my Apple EarPods were missing when I was leaving office. They were fairly new since I had opened them from the box few weeks ago. I saw someone else's EarPods on the table and I could recognise it was their's so I messaged them that they might have taken mine by mistake and left theirs on the table. They got mine next day.
Now, yesterday, I noticed a new iPhone USB cable with them, I had noticed their frayed cable from both ends sometime back and had asked about it. That frayed cable is lying in the office now and I am pretty sure that new cable is mine.
I really need my cable back since it is very critical for my everyday operations. I can get a new one for myself which doesn't cost much but I am really worried about my other stuff too. They stole two things, one I noticed immediately and got it back and other I noticed it today only and can't think of a way to get it back.
How do I go about to deal with this person? Do I report this to my boss? Would it be better to confront them about it? Should I forget about it?
I read this question but don't think my problem is that trivial to ignore. Should I report a coworker who is stealing from me?