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“If you are offered a sat nav for £50 and you buy it, you could get done for handling stolen goods.” That was the straight message from Berkshire police’s deputy commander Insp. Simon Bowden, concerned that a recent spate of car thefts in the Bracknell area will mean that stolen equipment is sold cheaply on eBay.

Despite winning the prize for hysterical headline of the week with ‘Sat navs on eBay could be hooking children on heroin’, Inspector Bowden makes a serious point: people tempted to buy seriously underpriced items should be careful. If it seems to good to be true, it probably is. So ask your seller about packaging and proof of their purchase.

The police will be spending more time investigating items sold on eBay, which they say can be used to fund other crime. In the meantime, after the report has sadly tarred all Berkshire’s GPS sellers with the same “dodgy” brush, genuine sellers should be expecting more questions than usual from potential buyers.



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