Originally Posted by madNbad
Along with all of the above, file a report with the police. Occasionally long after the crime has happened, they will come upon a pile of stolen goods. If your stuff is in there and they have descriptions, it increases the likelihood of having it returned.
I think all pawn shops are required to provide the local police with a list of equipment and identifying marks on things placed in pawn. Having been robbed twice in two different cities/states that is what I was told. Not that it did any good.