Originally Posted by HarryT
But how could it be otherwise? You're not suggesting that the original owner, who has something stolen from him, no longer owns it, are you?
Yes, that was exactly how it worked until a couple of years ago in Sweden. And I assume there are countries were it still work that way. If you had no reason to suspect that the item was stolen (good faith) you own it.
And the guy that got the item stolen still cannot do what he wants with the item. It might still be illegal to for example to remove your stolen bicylce if you find it.