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Does anyone know how the person purchasing stolen goods called in one word (noun)?
Thanks in advnace!
All of my experience in this comes from crime dramas and novels, but "fence" is the word in the US too.
a 'fence' is a person who deals in stolen goods, as his 'job'
If somebody steals a TV, and I buy that TV from them knowing it to be stolen, then I am charged with being a 'receiver' of stolen goods. I would not be regarded as a 'fence' because I do not intend to sell the goods on to a third person, or profit further from the theft of the TV.
Oh yes, I quite agree. I was thinking of this as the first stop in the chain of delivery of the stolen goods - the person who would purhcase the stolen property directly from the thief.
Barb: that's what the native speakers are here for. While one of us has their mind pointed in one direction, someone else sees the thread and some other possibility pops to mind.