I don't know how this would work at a large company, but at our small company, we would buy cables and other small items with our own money, then submit the receipt to the boss. Later, we got company credit cards to streamline the process - I'm pretty sure that would be abused at a large company. But submitting receipts for out of pocket incidentals should work.
The definition of stealing is *borrow then forget to return* or *I don't know who this belongs to but I'm going to use it in the meanwhile*. Both results are the same - you useful thing is gone forever.
Next time an actual thief points a gun at you and demands your money - thank him for his honesty.
Some future antropologists will use today's discussion to base their thesis: When did talkbacks stopped addressing the subject and became a playground where bored engineers pretend to have superior intelligence.