Recovering stolen property without the police?
July 19, 2013 6:09 PM Subscribe
Looking for advice on how to recover stolen property if I know the thief's identity but the police won't act.
posted by aqhong to Law & Government (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My apartment was burglarized a few weeks ago, and the thief made off with a MacBook Pro and a few other low-value items. Luckily, the online backup service I use continues to upload all files created on the computer, which has allowed me to obtain the thief's full name, email, and Facebook, which in turn has given me his date of birth, high school, relatives' names, and plenty of photos (although not an exact address or phone number). He's even taken Photo Booth pics of himself with my other things, so I'm fairly certain he's not just a hapless stolen laptop buyer.
Despite providing this information to the police, however, my case "has been reviewed and will not be assigned to an investigator at this time."
I'm looking for advice on how I can recover my property, especially from anyone with experience (or even better, success) in this situation. Given how much interest the police have shown so far, I doubt the thief will ever face any serious consequences, and frankly, I don't care that much... I just want my stuff back.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.