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Bought Stolen Laptop on Gumtree

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  Quote alexpaul5335 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Bought Stolen Laptop on Gumtree
    Posted: 19/January/2018 at 08:12
Hello. I bought a Dell Laptop from an individual on Gumtree, 8 months back. Today my laptop crashed, and I used the service tag at Dell support center. And they tell me, the laptop I have is reported as stolen. I was shocked obviously.

Now, I am wondering what the best course of action is. I don't have any details about the individual, and have changed my phone since then. So don't have the phone number either.

I am happy to walk into my nearest police station, and hand the laptop in. But I am scared if I will be charged with having had the possession of stolen good for 8 months. Sigh.

What is the best course of action, any advice?

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  Quote Eddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/January/2018 at 11:08
You'll have to hand it in (sooner the better) - it belongs to the original owner or their insurance company.

I doubt that you'll be charged with anything - it wouldn't make sense that if you knew it was stolen you would have contacted the support company in the first place (for risk of getting caught).

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  Quote Eddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/January/2018 at 12:02
Also the police wouldn't just charge you like that for handing it in (on suspicion of stealing it). Someone would need to make claim that you stole it and have some evidence to support the claim, and then go to court to prove true or otherwise. That would be a lot of effort and cost to go through for a relatively low cost item.

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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/January/2018 at 22:20
I agree with the above that you should take the laptop to your local police station and advise them of the facts that the service company have advised.

However you do need to make every effort to discover the details of the person you bought the laptop from, the police will question you about this, and if you can provide a lead it will help.

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