Receiving Stolen Property Law & Legal Definition


A person commits the crime of receiving stolen property if he intentionally receives, retains or disposes of stolen property knowing that it has been stolen or having reasonable grounds to believe it has been stolen, unless the property is received, retained or disposed of with intent to restore it to the owner.

To prove knowledge of the stolen nature of the goods, evidence may be introduced that the accused has been found in possession of stolen goods on prior occassions. Evidence may also be introduced to show the accused regularly buys, sells, uses or handles in the course of business property of the sort received, and acquired the property without making reasonable inquiry whether the person selling or delivering the property to him had a legal right to do so. Laws vary by state, so local laws should be consulted to determine applicable law in your area.