An eagle-eyed businessman saw his own stolen goods for sale on eBay, and informed the police. Geoff Soden of Paramotors UK, from Alconbury near Huntingdon, had two rare paraglider motors stolen from an exhibition at the NEC. The rare motors, with a combined value of Â£8000, were imported specially for the show from Italy. A month after the theft, Mr Soden spotted the motors up for auction. He contacted the seller, who sent him more photographs and contact details, including email address and telephone number. The details were passed on to the police, who arrested two men who had been working as subcontractors at the NEC. They pleaded guilty to the theft and were fined Â£500.
A spokesman for the Solihull crime team said “We do police the eBay on a regular basis”. It really is about the worst place to try to sell stolen goods that I can think of.