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  1. Newbie
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    Purchaser of stolen goods

    Hi there,

    Does anyone know how the person purchasing stolen goods called in one word (noun)?
    Thanks in advnace!

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    Re: Purchaser of stolen goods

    Quote Originally Posted by Kel View Post
    Hi there,

    Does anyone know how the person purchasing stolen goods called in one word (noun)?
    Thanks in advnace!
    I believe it is "fence".

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    #3

    Re: Purchaser of stolen goods

    All of my experience in this comes from crime dramas and novels, but "fence" is the word in the US too.


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    Re: Purchaser of stolen goods

    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.

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    #5

    Re: Purchaser of stolen goods

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    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.
    I agree with David L.

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    #6

    Re: Purchaser of stolen goods

    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.


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    Re: Purchaser of stolen goods

    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.

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