1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

What to do if you recognize a stolen bass in an online sale?

Discussion in 'Lost & Stolen Gear' started by billgwx, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. billgwx


    Apr 10, 2009
    Centereach NY
    I've been watching the various online selling forums for a bass that was stolen from my car about 20 years ago. Think I may have finally come across it, and will be searching my personal records at home ASAP to see if I recorded the serial number or if I still have a purchase receipt with the serial number. That and perhaps a police report from way back when are the only documentation I can could drum up--wonder if there's anything else I can really do to retrieve it? Thanks...
  2. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Do you have any pics of the bass from 20 years ago with distinguishable marks that could identify the bass?
  3. billgwx


    Apr 10, 2009
    Centereach NY
    None at home, but a friend may actually have photos or video that might help identify it. Long shot but I may give that a try.
  4. john grey

    john grey

    Apr 19, 2011
    Oracle, Arizona
    20 yrs is a very long time. LARGE PD and sheriff's dept might computerize items description but back then it was very likely on a diskette and a DOS machine. Most likely it would be on paper and in storage (if it still is available).
    You possibly need an "inside track" who is willing to go the extra mile for you AND you may need to open a whole new report with pictures, receipt, serial #, and another individual willing to verify the theft (if no store still exists, etc). Po;ice reports on non-felony thefts 20 yrs back are often VERY tough to get. It would be a "favor to go through cartons of material. IF the Bass is a multi-thousand dollar instrument, someone MAY hunt it down for you - IF you have all you information available and a person with a desk job has the time and WANTS to put in the level of hunting necessary. Someone with an injury etc, might want to do it if it's laid out with all the info.

    best of luck