We have many pawn shops in Jacksonville. People buy and sell all kinds of second-hand items here, especially in these hard economic times. When you go to buy something from someone you don’t know, keep your eyes open.
There is a law in Florida called Dealing in Stolen Property. You have dealt in stolen property if you traffic in, or endeavor to traffic in, property you know or “should have known” was stolen. Even if you did not have direct knowledge that the item was stolen, you can still be arrested in Jacksonville for Dealing in Stolen Property. This crime is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison! If the police think you should have known the item was hot, they can arrest you.
The lesson is be very wary when buying or selling something when you don’t know exactly where that something came from.