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I have many items in my inventory, none of them appear to be marked as stolen. But when I pay my bounty I mysteriously lose 3kg worth of stuff. Is there a way to filter the list to see which items are stolen, so I know what I'm losing?

(Console commands welcome.)

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If you are on PC, I highly recommend the SkyUI Oldrim or SkyUI Special Edition for Special Edition mod. I'm not sure if these are available for console, as I think they require SKSE. This mod adds some features to the inventory, cleans it up quite a lot, and lets you click the "name" column to sort by a few other filters, including whether or not the item is stolen. It also places a hand icon to indicate your five-finger discount to make it easier to see. This makes selling to fences, and knowing what to hide before you go picking pockets or testing the resilience of helpless civilian faces with your fist, much easier.

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When looking through your inventory, stolen items or stacks that contain stolen items will, when selected, display the word "stolen" in red. While this is slightly tedious, it's no more tedious than any of the other normal inventory management tasks I undertake whenever I return to my home or, early in the game, the container I use for temporary storage. (Personally, I like the dresser between the male & female wings of the the Companions' barracks.) Let's face it, your carrying capacity is a valuable commodity.

Stashing away your stolen goods is an important habit for light fingered Dovakin. Privacy is also important here, as recovering a stolen item will look like another act of theft, so be careful here. This is where owning a Home and the containers therein is nice, as your housecarl or any members of your own household will generally not report you to the town guard.

To separate stolen items from a stack, you can drop the stack on the ground/floor and the items will hit the floor in stacks of stolen or un-stolen items. Pick up the stolen items, stash/fence, then pick up the items that are actually yours. Again, this is a task best done in private/at home.

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There is no way of knowing what will be lost except by going through your inventory and looking for the "Stolen" tag on the items. Items that are stolen are automatically put first on a stack of items like arrows. If you want a list, you are going to have to make a written list, or find a mod that does this.

Here are some options for dealing with stolen items:

  • Find a "Fence", someone to sell stolen goods to, so you can profit from everything you steal
  • If it is an ingredient/material use it and the item you create will not have a stolen tag
  • Store your stolen items somewhere safe for later use

Some reading:

Form: Stolen Item Sorting discussion

Wikia: Stealing

Wikia: Fence (Skyrim)

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