A. On request of the victim and after consultation with the prosecuting attorney, the law enforcement agency responsible for investigating the delinquent act shall return to the victim any property belonging to the victim that was taken during the course of the investigation or shall inform the victim of the reasons why the property will not be returned. The law enforcement agency shall make reasonable efforts to return the property to the victim as soon as possible.

B. If the victim’s property has been admitted as evidence during a hearing, the court may order its release to the victim if a photograph or photocopy can be substituted. If evidence is released pursuant to this subsection, the accused’s attorney or investigator may inspect and independently photograph or photocopy the evidence before it is released.