Picking it up and turning it into the police without doing so through the representation of an attorney can be deemed as a confession. In order to convict someone of possession of stolen property, the DA has to prove that your son "knew or should have known" the property was stolen. The courts
consider such factors such as how he acquired the property and if he bought it the price he paid for it. Generally, if someone spends close to market value for the property this can be shown to defeat knowledge that the property was stolen. He should not however contact the police without an attorney representing him because anything he tells them can be used against him. Also, the pawn shop may not release the property to him even if he pays them and it is more likely they have already notified the police and if that is the case then your son definitely needs an attorney and should not make any statements to the police without an attorney.
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