So you buy stolen equipment to get it back to the rightful owner? If you think what you are doing makes sense; you are in for a surprise. Knowingly buying stolen equipment is a crime. Deal with it. If a reasonable person would know something ain't right, then you are in trouble. And with your knowledge in the lawn care area, well then double trouble for you.
I guess you buy dope to keep it away from children.
Makes just as much ridicules sense.
The only "hog wash" going on here is your false assertion that you are doing the right thing by buying stolen goods.