Re: Pawn Shop and other type businesses' liability
Possibly. Ultimately, that might be up to a court to decide. You can always take them to small claims court and see what happens.
That depends. If he is convicted, restitution will likely be built into the sentence. If he has some assets, means or can work, you might someday get the money back.
If so, what's the likelihood of me receiving a penny of restituition from the suspect involved in the burglary?
If they did not know or could not have reasonably known that the goods were stolen, then they are not going to be CRIMINALLY liable for the items. In my state second hand dealers need a special permit and have to operate under rules similar to pawn shops. if that's the case where you are, they should have a record of the person that sold the goods to them and that could help in the prosecution.
I always figured that the store would be liable since they are guilty of receiving stolen property, but is that not the case since they didn't receive it knowningly?
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