I had a sentimental bike that I bought new 25 years ago. It was stolen 2 weeks ago. I found it posted on craigslist for $60 and I want to buy it back.
Sure, I’d like to get the guy busted and bring the police in when I meet the CL seller… but the guy took it from my backyard so he knows where I live. There is another ad from the same seller for another bike (i.e a repeat criminal). What do I gain from getting this guy busted? I might get my bike back for free, but then I put myself, my family and house at risk since he knows where I live. Even if I can get him caught, then aren’t the punishments so small that he can just keep on doing this afterwards?