Re: Stolen Items Pawned
It is a crime to KNOWINGLY buy or sell stolen items. The pawn shop likely did not know the items were stolen when they purchased them.
My question would be why the police did not seize the items in the first place. Had they seized the items, and they could be shown to be yours, they could have been returned to you.
I am not sure under what statute the police argued that the pawnbroker should be paid by the victim, because I cannot find it in 21200 et seq. of the state Financial Code that regulates Pawnbrokers, or section 1411 of the Penal Code. If there are relevant sections of the Civil Code, I am also not familiar with them.
As suggested, you might want to check with your homeowners' or renters' insurance to see if you might be covered.
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