Originally Posted by Marlin T
Na, they hold on to it for you as it would now be evidence.
It's better in my opinion to buy it back then deal with the police.
NO! Do NOT pay one red cent for your own stuff!!! If it is reported as stolen and has serial numbers/identifying marks as listed on the police report, it is STOLEN PROPERTY.
I ran up against this when I located the guitar that was stolen from me and I found it in a music store. The owner wanted me to pay him what he gave the people that sold it to him. I immediately called the Sheriff's office and let them know. The deputy then called the store owner and told them that he was on the way to get the guitar. The owner asked about payment for it and the deputy gave him 2 options.
Option 1 was to turn the stolen item over to deputies and eat the loss.
Option 2 was to recieve payment for the stolen item and then be arrested for recieving stolen property.
He promptly selected option 1.
Why the HELL should you need to BUY an item that was STOLEN from you?
Sucks for the pawn shop owner, but it is a risk they are well aware of way before they even start the business. Smart store owners take huge precautions to document who they do business with.