Some less-than-scrupulous characters will go to great lengths to steal money, which they then use to buy various stuff. It can actually be a whole lot easier to cut out the middleman and steal the stuff you'd spend the money on in the first place.
Han: I'd call that a successful negotiation.
Chewbacca: In that we are still alive, despite all indications to the contrary?
Han: Nah, instant profit!
Chewbacca: It is not precisely what I would consider cash in hand.
Han: Yeah, it's even better!
Chewbacca: I eagerly anticipate hearing your reasoning on why exercising our running skills is a desirable outcome.
Han: We need to keep in practice.
Han: For all the running we'll need for the next part of my plan.