They could have as easily photographed it on the table as sooooo many other people did.
I think they sent it back because they realized it would have been like trying to sell an Original
And what Buyer would pay for it knowing its the "stolen" V2
it would carry a dark cloud over it for ever...
At least it's returned now, but I still say who ever took it in the first place is a weak minded fool :P
I'm sure from now on it will be in a proper case screwed closed and bolted to the table ;)
You are right there, Master Yoda.
It would have been impossible to sell and where could you display it?
It was probably an 'opportunist' thief who didn't really think it out very well...