My question involves criminal law for the state of: california
I recently had some items stolen then sold to a pawn shop. The person who stole them was arrested and is currently in jail for grand theft. The person was arrested due to the items being tracked down to the local pawn shop. We Then were informed by the police that if we wanted the items back we had to pay the pawnshop the amount of money the thief got for our stolen property. Is this legal? I know its a crime to buy or sell stolen property so how could they get away with it.