Bad guys "don't lose sleep" about eBay bans

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Three postmen who sold items stolen from the mail on eBay, have been jailed. The trio took items such as jewellery, ipods and mobile phones, valued at a total of £15,000, from the Royal Mail returns depot in Dallam. They were arrested last November after being caught on CCTV.

A Baltimore man has been convicted of stealing baseball memorabilia from the Orioles to sell on eBay. The stolen items included old Orioles media guides, used jerseys and game jackets. The thief was caught when a team employee saw one of the player’s bobblehead dolls for sale on eBay before it was publicly available.

Five people from the Chicago area have been charged with selling stolen luxury goods on eBay. Shoplifters were delivering their stolen items to two pawn shops, from where they were listed for sale on the site. The five charged were all employed at the pawn shops.

An eBay spokeswoman said there’s no way for the site to vouch for the origins of products sold there and that the only recourse company officials have is to ban suspect sellers from operating.

“The reality is, if you’re a bad guy, you’re not going to lose too much sleep about being kicked off eBay,” said spokeswoman Catherine England. “At the end of the day, law enforcement has a much bigger stick than we do.”



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