What should you do when your Android device lost or stolen May 12, 2016 00:00
Your carrier may require a police report to prove that the device is actually missing. In addition to the make, model and visual appearance, the police and your carrier may request the International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI) to help identify the device. This is number is unique to your hardware, and may allow the carrier to discontinue service to it, or blacklist it from their network if it was stolen.
As a recent post on the Digital Inspiration blog points out, you can still find your IMEI without the phone in your hand. Here's how:
Start by logging into your Google Dashboard by heading to http://www.google.com/settings.
After you're signed in, click the arrow next to Android. You will see all devices that have been attached to your Google account. Find your current phone and copy the IMEI number.
Hopefully the combined effort of the police and your wireless carrier will help you retrieve your device.