If your stolen property is recovered during an active investigation, you will be contacted by mail or by phone to make arrangements to have your property returned. However, if your property is recovered much later after the case has been inactive, the only way you will be notified is if it can be traced back to you.
For example, if your computer was recovered several months after you reported it stolen, the only way to determine that it was stolen would be for an officer to check the serial number through the National Crime Information Center computer. If it comes back stolen, then you will be notified. It is critically important that you record the serial numbers of your property in a safe place immediately after its purchase. It is also important to engrave it with your driver's license number and State. Without either of these two numbers, the chances of recovering your property are slim at best.