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FBI Stolen Articles File
Learn how to check for stolen property by searching the FBI Stolen Articles File

This article provides an overview of how thieves sell stolen property. In addition, it explains how you can search the FBI stolen articles database to find missing property. Also, you’ll find suggestions for how to report missing items as stolen, and how you can register property to provide protection.

Overview of Stolen Property

Have you ever wondered whether a product you bought, or are thinking about buying, was stolen? Perhaps you bought an item from someone on craigslist.com, but you got a suspicious feeling from the seller. Maybe it was an expensive item that was on sale for an unusually low price. Or, the seller seemed to be overly willing to agree to your requests, anything just to get the item sold.

If you’re gut told you that something smelled fishy, it is possible that you purchased stolen property. Read this article to find out how to check the FBI Stolen Articles Database File to see if the products or goods you purchased are stolen.

How Thieves Sell Stolen Property Online

Criminals and thieves use online marketplaces like eBay, Amazon.com, craigslist.com, and others to move stolen items quickly and easily. The anonymous nature of online marketplaces makes it easy to conceal the seller’s true identity and cover up the true history of the stolen property.

Thieves and criminals also sell the illegally obtained items at flea markets and even on busy street corners. Basically, criminals steal articles with the intention of selling them on the web for a 100% profit.

Recipero’s Trace Services Helps Combat Crime

Now, there is an easy way to check to see if the item or property you bought was reported as stolen. A company known as Recipero is one of the largest data collection companies in the world. Recipero is now part of TransUnion.

The company provides information services to law enforcement agencies, the United States government, insurance companies, retail businesses, and individual buyers. Recipero operates a service known as Trace, which searches FBI Stolen Articles file on the NCIC database.

The FBI Stolen Articles File is a database of property that was reported to law enforcement agencies as being stolen or missing. The database, which is the largest of its kind, contains millions of product serial numbers that can be searched online free of charge.

Police departments run a database search through Trace to determine if goods they recovered during a bust were ever reported as stolen. Individuals can run a quick search to determine if a product they are considering buying was taken from someone else.

How to Check for Stolen Property

To run a free lookup, do the following:

  • First, visit the Trace Checker website
  • Click on the Sign Up link at the top of the page
  • Provide the requested information in the required fields. Information includes First Name, Last Name, Email, Password, Full Address.
  • Read and agree to the Terms of Service
  • Verify you are not a robot by completing the Captcha
  • Click on Signup

How to Report an Article as Stolen

When you report the stolen property to your local police department, make sure you request that the information made available to the FBI Stolen Articles File on the NCIC database. As long as local law enforcement reports the information, the goods will be searchable from the Trace website.

How to Register and Protect Purchased Goods

Recipero also operates a service known as Immobilize, the National Property Register, which allows people to register their valuables and increase the likelihood they will get their stuff back in the event of a crime or disaster. In addition to recording serial numbers, you can even upload photos and receipts via the website.

Examples of items that are frequently recorded include mobile phones, bicycles, laptops, jewelry, and home entertainment items. The site can even be used to record serial numbers of cash.

Registering makes the information available to police departments around the country immediately. This helps combat the sale of stolen goods and helps police and insurance companies take action.

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions about searching the FBI Stolen Articles File, please leave a comment below.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including eInvestigator.com. Michael created eInvestigator.com more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at Amazon.com.


  1. My name is Sam Pfeiffer. I am starting a mobile app and website called safe Or Stolen. I want to join the FBI and Steve Jones, Recipero team. I want to expand the Crime Reduction Ecosystem you have created with our company and support your services with our app and website. Lets join together and fight this terrible rising crime rate. Together, we can develop a long term business relationship, make more progress. and decrease crime even faster. I would really like it if the FBI, Steve Jones. from Recipero, or anyone else with the technology to make our services available, would please contact me at safeorstolen@outlook.com.


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