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Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell got an unpleasant surprise on their honeymoon when the couple returned to their hotel room to find they'd been robbed.
Wood, most famous for her roles in "Thirteen" and "Once and Again," and Bell, who is known for his work in "Billy Elliot" and more recently in "The Adventures of Tintin," tied the knot Oct. 30. The couple then left for their honeymoon at a secret location, but on Sunday they discovered their hotel room had been ransacked.
The couple tweeted the news, and while they reported that they're safe, the thief probably won't be for long.
As the saying goes, "It's only a crime if you get caught." But if you steal from people with more wealth, it's more likely the crime will be traced back to you.
While every theft is a crime, it can be difficult for police to track robberies in which the thief doesn't leave many clues behind. To continue the investigation, victims may have to resort to paying someone to do it for them.
That's something Wood and Bell will probably be able to do, if what they lost is important to them.
Another thing that increases the likelihood a thief will be caught is if the stolen items were unique and valuable. Those kinds of items are easy to recognize, and are more likely to be sold by the thief. Police can then trace the sold items back to the culprit.
Even if the stolen valuables aren't unique items, like TVs or laptops, it's still possible to make it more likely that they'll be returned. Expensive electronic equipment often comes with a serial number so the manufacturer can identify it. If you know the number, it also makes it easy for police to identify which of the identical TVs that may turn up is the one you lost.
Police reports of theft can also be given to local pawn shops. If the report contains serial numbers, it makes it much more likely a shop will identify your television and be able to return it to you.
Wood and Bell can likely replace many of the items they lost, and the couple will still be able to enjoy their honeymoon. Neither has stated what items went missing, but if police know what to look for, there's at least a glimmer of hope that the stolen goods will be recovered.
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