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When the police seize evidence, it is typically held until the case has been resolved one way or the other. A case can be resolved through trial, plea, or dismissal. The district attorney will decide when the evidence can be released. If you inform the district attorney that you don't wish to cooperate in the filing of charges against the defendant, your items should be returned to you. However, this is at the sole discretion of the district attorney. If I were you, I would call the district attorney's office ASAP and discuss the matter with him/her. Explain that you will be moving out of state, and will be unable to return at a later date to pick up your items. It is likely that he/she will release the items to you, particularly since you are not the only victim involved in this matter. If 40-50 other victims are involved, there is likely plenty of other evidence that can be used against the defendant if the case ever goes to trial, so your items won't be crucial to proving charges against the defendant.
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