Can a Pawnshop Legally Sell Our Stolen Goods?

Jewelry store owners ask about law after finding stolen goods in local pawnshop

But your only recourse against the pawnbroker now is to file a claim and try to prove that: you are the original owner of the goods rather than the pawning pledgor, and the 30-day non-redemption time period for vesting of title in the pawnbroker has somehow not yet run or the pawnbroker's title is defective because required statutory procedures weren't followed. Good luck.

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