Before I start, let me state I am not accusing anyone of anything regardless of the content of the following paragraphs. I hope my suspicions are the result of my paranoid nature so bear with a nut How do I find out if a Gravely is stolen? I am beginning to suspect it may be since the former owners' story changed when I went to pick it up and I couldn't find the serial number plates (frame and engine...found two spots where it appears stickers were peeled of and it is still tacky...one spot has the words void under/in the adhesive backing) and it is a steal of a deal if it is on the up and up. Come to think of it, the guy was also trying to sell a backpack blower but ripped out the starter cord trying to get it ready to show then said it had bad gas but initially told me it was like new. By the way, this same guy beat up the mower (the discharge chute is bent and unusable without some real heavy hammering...I can make it work, just got to wait til the neighbors are at work before going to town and the mower looks like it was never really taken cared of...grass clippings in every nook and cranny and never cleaned out, generally looks to have been abused...if I owned a lawn business, I think I'd take care of the equipment I am relying upon to make a living). He said he decided to get out of the lawn business and that was why he was selling the mower. Of course, the wife had said it was her deceased father's when I initially inquired about the mower's availability. I'm not one to make accusations but I'd want to have my equipment back and provide the person who stole it a close and personal tour of the inside of the lock-up if said person stole my livelihood. If it's legit, then I got a steal of a deal. If not, then its time to find the owner (not sure how to find it unless I am allowed access to all the police blotters in a given area with an imbedded search function) and introduce him to the former owner of a lawn business.