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At some points in the game, you do a quest for an NPC and afterwards they let you take some of their less valuable items.

If I steal items from an NPC, then do the quest for him so that he lets me take his things, do the items stay marked as stolen?

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Yes

Once stolen, items are simply marked as stolen, and do not contain any information needed to mark them as not stolen (such as where you've stolen the item from).

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Yes, they still retain their 'stolen status' as you still essentially stole it from them i.e. took it without their permission at the time.

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