The juvenile and a 19-year-old had pinched them in the hope of burning music onto them, but when they put them into their computer they found that more than 30 of them contained child porn.
Deputy Tom McKenzie of the Merced County Sheriff's Department told Fox 40: "A family member convinced the two suspects to come forward, they contacted law enforcement."
He added that he was surprised that Stockard had reported them missing in the first place.
After searching Stockard’s Dehli, CA, property investigators found three desktop computers and three laptops.
It’s unknown what those computer contain, but authorities believe Stockard has been downloading the images and movies since 2004.
But while he was booked into jail for possession of child pornography and posted his $25,000 bail, the thieves who found the pornography were not arrested for the burglary.
Mackenzie said: "We did not actually go out and arrest the suspects for the burglary. They were obviously the lesser of two evils."
The burglars' case has been turned over to the Merced County District Attorney’s Office for review.