A teenager from Shropshire has been jailed for two years for selling stolen property.
In a bizarre turn of events, Terry Jones, 17, from Ludlow in Shropshire, has been found selling items on eBay that are identical to the main prize on this week's Gadget Show Competition. When police raided his home in Cedar Close, they found his bedroom piled high with cardboard boxes full of expensive electronic gadgets. They also found identical goodies strewn about the room and other rooms in the home of his parents.
Because Terry was a bit of a 'Jack the lad' who has accumulated 3 ASBOs and had already been under suspicion of theft before, when top-of-the-range electronic goods started to appear on eBay, police began to show interest.
P.C. Ivor Snout of the West Mercia IT Division told In Seine News today; "We were trawling through the pages on eBay when we discovered 3 high definition televisions, 2 mountain bikes and a PlayStation all at the same location. These particular items are all on the stolen goods list and could be traced because they were tagged by the Smartwater mark and were therefore easily identified."
"We went to the individual's house to do a routine check on these items and discovered that although the ones around the house where absolutely fine, the ones in the boxes had their Smartwater tags and could be traced to addresses around Ludlow."
"It was then that young Terry confessed all. He said 'It's a fair cop, I'll come clean! I did steal all those things from houses around here.' he then admitted that he could not make it up - but he had won the main prize in the Gadget Show competition and because he had already got each item, he decided to get rid of the stolen ones by passing them off as new unwanted gifts."