So, I have a habit of, when I've been arrested, 'borrowing' a key to the jail I get arrested in, then using it to easily reclaim any stolen goods for future visits. Well, I got arrested in Falkreath for a crime I don't remember, on my first visit there I already somehow had a bounty of 1000, and pickpocketted a key off a guard. Well it's marked as stolen, how could I get one that isn't?

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    You probably can't find one—why would there be an unowned jail key anywhere in the game? You'll have to settle for a stolen one or somehow launder it to remove its stolen status. Jun 2, 2013 at 4:28
  • @SevenSidedDie would it work if I killed the only soldier in the jail, and in fact the only one in falkreath with a key, waited for him to respawn (because they do) then killed him again, since he should have respawned with a key?
    – Selonianth
    Jun 2, 2013 at 4:49
  • Would it work to what? To mark your key as not stolen? No, that would just make an extra key. Jun 2, 2013 at 5:17
  • @SevenSidedDie Well yea, But I could give my extra key to wifey and have an unstolen key for myself.
    – Selonianth
    Jun 2, 2013 at 6:32
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    I'm still unclear where you think this unstolen key would come from. Jun 2, 2013 at 9:40

2 Answers 2


You should be able to place the stolen key in a regular thug's inventory by pickpocketing (like a bandit or something).

If you kill him and loot his corpse, the key should have lost its "stolen" tag.

This worked for me with Equipment, dont know if keys have other rules.

  • It... should work. Don't see why not...
    – Selonianth
    Jun 4, 2013 at 1:13

i'm pretty sure you are not going to find that key anywhere,especially unstolen.but there is another way to easily jack out of jail.ever heard of the skeleton key,if you get arrested,this will and might be the only thing you take into jail.and it is basically an unbreakable lock...you'll use in in jail to break out.

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    You don't get to keep the Skeleton key when going to jail.
    – kotekzot
    Jun 2, 2013 at 9:24
  • Far better to get the lvl 100 lockpicking perk anyway.
    – Selonianth
    Jun 4, 2013 at 1:11
  • @kotekzot yes you do.
    – Jim Jones
    Dec 17, 2015 at 2:12
  • he isn't asking another way to break out of prison besides the key, he's asking about how to find a key unstolen.
    – Jim Jones
    Dec 17, 2015 at 2:13

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