We shall look into this case from another perspective. I was unable to ascertain the exact location of the OP. Therefore, I chose Canada (Federal level) and New York (State level; there is no applicable law in Federal level). CANADA - DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE [SOURCE] Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46) 321 - PART IX OFFENCES AGAINST RIGHTS OF PROPERTY322 - Theft (R.S., c. C-34, s. 283.)(1) Every one commits theft who fraudulently and without colour of right takes, or fraudulently and without colour of right converts to his use or to the use of another person, anything, whether animate or inanimate, with intent(a) to deprive, temporarily or absolutely, the owner of it, or a person who has a special property or interest in it, of the thing or of his property or interest in it;(b) to pledge it or deposit it as security;(c) to part with it under a condition with respect to its return that the person who parts with it may be unable to perform; or(d) to deal with it in such a manner that it cannot be restored in the condition in which it was at the time it was taken or converted.…328 - Theft by or from person having special property or interest (R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 328; 2003, c. 21, s. 4.)A person may be convicted of theft notwithstanding that anything that is alleged to have been stolen was stolen(a) by the owner of it from a person who has a special property or interest in it;(b) by a person who has a special property or interest in it from the owner of it;(c) by a lessee of it from his reversioner;(d) by one of several joint owners, tenants in common or partners of or in it from the other persons who have an interest in it; or(e) by the representatives of an organization from the organization. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE [SOURCE] Consolidated Laws PEN - PenalPart 3 - SPECIFIC OFFENSESTitle J - OFFENSES INVOLVING THEFT§ 155.00 Larceny; definitions of terms.The following definitions are applicable to this title:1. "Property" means any money, personal property, real property, computer data, computer program, thing in action, evidence of debt or contract, or any article, substance or thing of value, including any gas, steam, water or electricity, which is provided for a charge or compensation.2. "Obtain" includes, but is not limited to, the bringing about of a transfer or purported transfer of property or of a legal interest therein, whether to the obtainer or another.3. "Deprive." To "deprive" another of property means (a) to withhold it or cause it to be withheld from him permanently or for so extended a period or under such circumstances that the major portion of its economic value or benefit is lost to him, or (b) to dispose of the property in such manner or under such circumstances as to render it unlikely that an owner will recover such property.4. "Appropriate." To "appropriate" property of another to oneself or a third person means (a) to exercise control over it, or to aid a third person to exercise control over it, permanently or for so extended a period or under such circumstances as to acquire the major portion of its economic value or benefit, or (b) to dispose of the property for the benefit of oneself or a third person.5. "Owner." When property is taken, obtained or withheld by one person from another person, an "owner" thereof means any person who has a right to possession thereof superior to that of the taker, obtainer or withholder. A person who has obtained possession of property by theft or other illegal means shall be deemed to have a right of possession superior to that of a person who takes, obtains or withholds it from him by larcenous means. A joint or common owner of property shall not be deemed to have a right of possession thereto superior to that of any other joint or common owner thereof. In the absence of a specific agreement to the contrary, a person in lawful possession of property shall be deemed to have a right of possession superior to that of a person having only a security interest therein, even if legal title lies with the holder of the security interest pursuant to a conditional sale contract or other security agreement.…§ 155.05 Larceny; defined.1. A person steals property and commits larceny when, with intent to deprive another of property or to appropriate the same to himself or to a third person, he wrongfully takes, obtains or withholds such property from an owner thereof. tl; dr Stealing a property that you previously own, or on behalf of someone who previously own, can result in conviction of theft/larceny (I don't want to use the TF2 term "Scammer") You need a Search and Seizure warrant in order to perform the recovery of stolen goods.