My friend purchased a truck for the transmission and motor. He use my shop and tools to pull the transmission out, since he didn't have the space or tools. for my labor and use of my shop he said I could scrap the truck And keep the money. Unfortunately, when I went to the scrap yard the truck was reported stolen
The problem depends in part on where and how your friend purchased the truck. The risk to you, and of course your friend is being guilty of "conversion" You should probably hire an attorney to be safe. Good Luck.
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You were not involved in the stealing or purchase of the truck, but now that you know it was reported stolen, you should protect yourself and file a report with the police so they can investigate and determine who stole the truck and sold it to your friend. So long as your friend purchased the truck in good faith and had know knowledge that it was stolen, he should be OK as well.
I agree with Mr. Feuerstein that you did not have intent and would be doing the right thing by reporting what you discovered when you discovered it. BUT.......
No good deed goes unpunished.
Reporting the incident could be tantamount to throwing your friend under the bus (even if he was a bona fide purchaser he could wind up defending himself) and could result in a lazy or dumb cop in disbelieveing your story and deciding that possession is 9/10ths of the law...
I am not suggesting that you not report it, only that you consider how you do so.
There are many skilled and experienced 407 area criminal defense lawyers who can broker this deal for you.
Wishing you luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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Generally, the State can charge you with Grand Theft Auto if you are found to be in possession of recently stolen property "unless satisfactorily explained." So if your friend paid a reasonable price for the truck AND you can prove it, the prosecutor would be unlikely to file charges against you. As for preventing law enforcement from arresting you in the first place, a lot would depend on how well versed the officer was in theft law. Many times, it takes a good lawyer to send them an opinion letter outlining the law on grand theft and recently stolen property to keep them from arresting a suspect.
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