Originally Posted by funk generator
also check all the pawn shops.. They have to hold it for x amount of days and check with police reports to make sure its not stolen (i hang out in the pawn shops alot lol)
the rules vary by city to city, but one thing is for certain: MAKE SURE YOU FILE A POLICE REPORT BEFORE VISITING ANY PAWN SHOPS. Depending on the integrity of the shop, tipping them off about stolen items could actually lower the chances of recovering your gear. If your gear is in the 'waiting period', the shop may not legally be allowed to even tell you if they've taken it in (privacy concerns, similar items, etc) and will likely dismiss you as a nuisance, but all shops should be co-operative with a detective.
Also, make sure your detective's agency is using LeadsOnline... if they're not, ask them why, and press them hard. Pawn Shops are not
generally required to check police reports, but many cities require them to upload their daily purchases to the LeadsOnline database.. descriptions, serial #s, names of sellers, etc. The police put their reports into the same database and the work gets done for them. I don't know how it is around the country(the database is national), but in my area this is how 99% of stolen property gets recovered.
Most importantly, and this has been stated before but can't be stressed enough: KNOW YOUR SERIAL NUMBERS. A lot of cops won't even take a report if you don't have a serial # to put in it. 'nuff said.