Stolen Items

Recovered from a pawn shop or from the site where it was dumped away from the scene, stolen items can be examined using a series of techniques to develop fingerprints for examination and comparison with known fingerprints.  If registration or identification codes have been mechanically or chemically erased, the application of certain forensic document examination techniques may aid in their recovery and decipherment. 

Other items in the vicinity of the site from where an item was stolen may also warrant fingerprint development and analysis, for example a bag or cupboard from within which the item was taken, or another item thought to have been moved during the theft.

Related case studies: 

Skull-duggery

 By way of example of the variable nature of a document, in this case, FDS was asked to examine a large collection of stolen mammalian skulls that originally contained handwritten codes identifying which species they belonged to.  The thief attempted to physically erase the mu