Seller Cannot Pass Better Title to Personal Property Than He Possesses
A "thief has only void title and cannot pass any title to a good faith purchaser." Inmi-Etti v. Aluisi, 492 A.2d 917, 921 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 1985).
The general rule is well established that a seller cannot pass better title to personal property than he possesses.
Such defect in the title continues to exist in all sales subsequent to the theft.
Even a bona fide purchaser acquires no title to property which has been stolen.
This same defect of title will continue to exist in all sales made subsequent to the theft by persons whose title can be traced to that source. Farm Bureau Automobile Insurance Co. v. Mosley, Del. Super., 90 A.2d 485 (1952).