A follow-up to my post on theft. I note that in many ways, buying a stolen item is similar to buying shares of Enron while the storyline is still good. (You may recall that GW bought the storyline, on behalf of the country, with disastrous results.)
In the end, the buyer, or the last buyer, holds the bag. The last buyer may get a small amount of compensation from some of the perpetrators, but for the most part, buyers get hosed.