According to the story, "proof of ownership" is exactly what is missing. If you read the story carefully, the statement of the alleged facts makes the story suspect. It does not hold water. Without more Apple will not buy it. Now if Apple can trace the true owner with the device in hand, that is different. However, if turns out that the Tablet is stollen, whom ever had it, will face felony charges because of the amount, the cost, involved.