Jailed After Undercover Ebay Sting

Friday, 26th September 2014 at 2:00pm

The Sidmouth Herald reports that a fence was caught selling thousands of pounds of stolen machinery on ebay after an undercover detective posed as a buyer and entered a successful bid in the online auction.

Ryan Bright was acting as receiver – or fence – for a burglar who was targeting sheds and garages around East Devon, but he was trapped after one of the victims spotted his stolen set of alloy wheels on the auction site.

He alerted the police who carried out a sting operation in which they bought a stolen piece of garden machinery for £275 and arranged to pick it up from Bright.

He offered the detective, who was using the cover name of Nigel, other stolen items and promised he would be getting new supplies of similar tools soon.

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