Luxury Mercedes And Rolex Watches Sold By Police After Jailing Gang
Thrifty Brits looking for a deal before [/news/christmas/index.html Christmas] can get discounted cars, jewellery and designer clothing, with just one catch - they used to be owned by a criminal gang.
Cops busted three brazen thieves, who carried out a series of destructive cash machine raids across the country.
In total they blew up 23 ATMs, nicking £1.5 million in cash and leaving a trail of devastation in their wake.
The gang loved the high life, and would blow their ill gotten gains on high-end motors such as BMW and Mercedes, expensive designer clothing and Rolex watches.
Leicestershire Police have been using eBay to sell off dozens of luxury items bought by criminals using money they stole from cash machines
The crooks were locked up last year, and in October police successfully applied for a court order to sell their loot.
Leicestershire Police have an eBay account, and over the coming weeks the gang's goods will be sold.
The force are flogging two BMWs and a Mercedes worth £50,000, expensive jewels and even a set of fine china, costing around £4,000.
A Gucci watch is on sale for just £385, as is a £1,750 diamond encrusted crab pedant.
The gang loved the high life, and would blow their ill gotten gains on high-end motors such as BMW and Mercedes, expensive designer clothing and Rolex watches
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The sales go towards victims of gang activity, and also help support the cops catching other criminals.
Paul Wenlock from the force's economic crime unit, said: 'Those who choose to take the path of criminality should not be allowed to benefit from their crimes.
'When an individual is convicted of offences we have the powers to approach the courts and apply for confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act.'
Charlie Smith and accomplices Alfred Adams and John Doran were jailed in April 2018 for more than 30 years.
Charlie Smith (pictured) and accomplices Alfred Adams and John Doran were jailed in April 2018 for more than 30 years
They were taken to court again in October, under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and each ordered to pay more than £200,000 additionally.
Their stolen goods will also be sold in the coming weeks on Leicestershire Police's eBay site.
Mr Wenlock continued: 'As well as goods from Leicestershire cases we also sell items on behalf of our regional forces.
'In 2016, Northamptonshire Police conducted an investigation, under the codename Operation Formula, into the supply of drugs and during the arrest of an individual they seized cash, drugs and high value goods.
Alfie Adams (left) and John Doran (right) were both ordered to pay more than £200,000 of their ill-gotten gains back
'The defendant was convicted and the investigation revealed he benefitted by more than £650,000 from his crimes.
'He was issued with a confiscation order and designer clothing and jewellery was sold on Leicestershire's ebay yugioh cards site on their behalf.'
He explained how the website is hugely beneficial for the force, generating income from items which would otherwise sit in storage or be destroyed.
The police officer said in the last seven months Leicestershire Police had made more than £230,000 from the eBay account.
'Income generated from the sales of POCA items is submitted to the Home Office who then return a percentage of the money to the force which is shared between the police, victims, courts and the criminal justice system,' he added.
'The remaining income from the sale of other items remains with the force.'
Leicestershire Police was the first force to start an eBay account in 2008.