Perrone, Tom, Ken & Marty. thanks for the valuable input and suggestions. It seems the vote is still a bit split, but leaning the way I was also with the D800. Sounds like I really can do no harm with either choice.
I sincerely appreciate all the warm thoughts and private messages. Not an experience I would wish on my worse Canon friend haha. Luckily, I have plenty of insurance, but some of my older lenses are going to be hard to replace. Feels like losing an old friend.
Ken, I did visit the site you suggested. Most likely the thief isn't going to be the end-user, but I would love to get my camera back anyway. Thanks for the great input.
A bit of advise to all, be sure to document ALL of your equipment down to the smallest memory card. Take pix of EVERY filter, card reader etc you have. Amazing how much we all invest into this gear over time and the small items add up fast!