One of the things that is so enraging about this kind of theft is that the guy who stole it very likely has no clue what it is. It's just a source of quick cash.

The police always have trouble tracking down stolen goods like this but MAKE SURE you give them a detailed list. I have had friends get stuff returned to them because the thief was busted for something entirely unrelated and the cops discovered lots of suspicious goods in his possession.