A CRIMINAL gang sold more than £700,000 worth of stolen property on eBay in what a judge described as a highly-organised commercial enterprise.
Dean Frost, Daniel O’Sullivan and Ashley Turner have been jailed for a total of just over 10 years for their part in the scam.
Former soldier Frost, O’Sullivan, a roofer, and plumber Turner were handed electrical items by a network of thieves who raided businesses all over the south coast.
The three sold hundreds of gadgets including sat navs, cameras and laptops on the auction website.
When police analysed their eBay accounts they discovered Frost had sold £375,982 worth of goods, O’Sullivan £159,363 and Turner £178,580 – a total of £713,925 through their Paypal accounts alone.
The group were caught after staff at Marine Supermarket in Port Solent saw the store’s property for sale on eBay and contacted the police.
Sentencing them at Portsmouth Crown Court Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘This was a highly-organised and commercial enterprise with goods being stolen and then being delivered to the three of you for onward sale via the internet and eBay.
‘You did provide a significant outlet of stolen goods which had obviously been taken from various premises on the south coast.’
The three were arrested during a series of police raids in March last year when officers found hundreds of electrical items and thousands of pounds in cash.
Frost, 33, of Anmore Close, Havant and O’Sullivan, 32, of Danebury Close, Leigh Park, pleaded guilty to money laundering between 2008 and 2010.
Turner, 28, of Warnford Crescent, Leigh Park, was found guilty of the same offence between 2007 and 2010 after a trial.
Father-of-three Frost, O’Sullivan, who has two children and Turner, who also has two children, all said they had only received a small cut of the money made and had done it to provide for their families.
Frost was jailed for three years and four months, O’Sullivan for three years and two months and Turner for three years and nine months.
There will be another court hearing in February when the prosecution will seek to claw back some of the money the three made.
Detective Constable Leith Morrison, who led the investigation, said: ‘It was run like a business.
‘It was very organised and lucrative for them.’