To make a long story short, two of our motorcycles were stolen a couple of months ago, and we just found them on Craigslist. We're 99.9% positive they're ours, as they're customized and rare...and get this...neither of the ones for sale have keys with them! Hmmm...what a coincidence. Anyways, we're meeting with the police, but I have a feeling that the guy selling them isn't the one who stole them. The police say it's all a big ring, that hundreds have been stolen this year, in the same nights, so they're almost positive they're all connected!
Anyways, what sort of charges and punishment go to the ones who bought and sold stolen vehicles? Are they charged even if they weren't aware it was stolen?
Sorry to post this in P&C, but involves law, and I honestly had no idea where to put it.
Gosh, I really hope we can get these guys busted!!!
Thanks for any info!
Answer by lovinangels at 1:24 PM on Aug. 2, 2010
Answer by UpSheRises at 1:52 PM on Aug. 2, 2010
Answer by tasches at 1:56 PM on Aug. 2, 2010
Answer by JeremysMom at 1:22 PM on Aug. 2, 2010
Answer by JeremysMom at 1:23 PM on Aug. 2, 2010
Sorry, it took so long for me to get back. Since I don't know your state, I found some generic information about receiving stolen property. http://criminal-law.freeadvice.com/white_collar_crimes/crime_property.htm
So, basically, if the guy who is selling the motorcycles is aware or had any involvement then he will be charged. Whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony depends on your state. Also, some states can/will charge the guy if he did not do the proper paperwork even if he wasn't involved in the theft of the motorcycles. It really depends on the circumstances and state laws as to what they can charge him with. Hope this helps.
Answer by JeremysMom at 3:13 PM on Aug. 2, 2010