Help me get my stolen stuff back
June 3, 2010 7:53 PM Subscribe
My car was broken into. I want to get my stuff back. What are the best strategies?
posted by ghostpony to Society & Culture (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My car was broken into early this morning and the thief took a few things I want back. I know I am going to get scolded for leaving valuable things in the car, and I am not going to make any excuses. I was dumb. They were concealed from view, and I was parked in a well-lit parking lot. As far as I can tell the thief just lucked out (I have out of state plates, and have been told that makes me a greater target).
The thief took the following:
A 35mm rangefinder camera w/lens (worth approximately $900)
A Canon dSLR (older) w/lens (worth approximately $650)
A Garmin GPS unit (worth $150)
I have filed a police report, and sent a list of the hot items to the local pawn shops. Now, I am told, it is a waiting game. But I like the cameras. And I want them back.
Some more specifics. I live in Eureka, CA where there is a large and stable population of homeless people. I talked to a few and they said they would look into it, and they seemed as peeved by the injustice as I was.
Are there any tricks of the trade when it comes to recovering stolen goods?
Any reformed thieves who want to explain how fencing stolen goods works?
Do rewards work?