NCBS Stolen & Missing Instrument Information Page

This is the Northern California Bluegrass Society's national infomation page for stolen and missing musical instruments. This page can be used to announce the theft or other loss of musical instruments, updates on subsequent investigations, and news about the recovery of instruments. The forum is HTML-enabled, so that links may be added to other websites that contain pictures and other detailed information about the instruments. The NCBS does not warrant the accuracy of any information posted. Contact the source for details. Good luck to all!

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Stolen guitar recovery?

I was wondering if anyone has experience in legal rights to recover instruments which were stolen and then sold accross state lines to unkowing individuals who don't wish to return them. i.e. 1958 rickenbacker 330 stolen in November 2005 in Indiana, sold to an e-ba seller, and sold on E-bay to a buyer in PA. Does the original owner have legal rights to recovery? Help!!!!

Re: Stolen guitar recovery?

The general rule (varies from state to state) is that:

"A thief cannot pass good title."

So, Thief steals True Owner's guitar and sells to Innocent Purchaser. True Owner owns guitar, as Thief does not pass good title to Innocent Purchaser.

Good luck!