Re: Receiving Stolen Property Unknowingly
The state has to show that the defendant knew or reasonably should have known that the item was stolen. If you bought a $1,000 stereo system with the serial numbers filed off and the wires cut for $200 then a prosecutor will probably argue that you knew it was hot.
People that buy stolen property encourage thieves selling it. Many people know the deal is too good to be true and still go through with it under the assumption that if they do not ask they can keep a clear conscience. These are the folks that allow this sort of stuff to continue.
Craig's List can be a den of thieves. The crooks have largely left eBay because eBay tends to cooperate with the authorities and have gone to CL because it's the wild west there and getting info from CL can sometimes be a royal pain ... and, they do not collect a whole lot of data to begin with.
I would never buy anything on Craig's List.
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