Or at least, to catch a buyer of hot items. :-)
Mr. Flickr-fied turned the stolen iMac into Victoria police (that's a 2hr ferry ride away from Vancouver), on the advice of his lawyer. He had "bought it from a friend who bought it from someone else". Apparently our friend is "known to police" and the investigation is ongoing.
I think we should chip in and get the iMac tattooed for easy identification next time.