The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Sitting On The Crook of the (E)Bay

A couple of months ago I granted a search warrant for a CID Sergeant who came into court during the lunch hour. The Information said that a prominent local business had been systematically robbed by a member of staff, who had disposed of the loot on Ebay. The document specified the Ebay name of the alleged thief, so when I got home I could not resist looking it up.
As the officer had said in the Information,several of the products on sale were unique to the suspect's employer. Of course Ebay gives a history of satisfied customers, and that revealed over 400 previous transactions.
The warrant was executed, the suspect arrested and charged, and he has now been passed upstairs to the Crown Court, given the aggravating features of breach of trust and a systematic course of dishonesty, with a cumulative high value.
Yet again a petty criminal thought that he was on to a good thing, and had no idea that he had left a clear trail behind him.