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by Shane Stokes
December 5, 2017
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Northern Ireland-based Chain Reaction Cycles employees tracked down two brothers involved in the theft and resale of bike equipment, using information gathered to secure convictions. According to BikeBiz, executives at the company had discovered large quantities of stock were missing, then noticed that Carrickfergus-based eBay resellers had the same stock for sale.
They purchased some of the stock and were able to match the SKU codes with some of the product that was missing. After police became involved, fingerprints taken from the bubble wrap of one of the packages sent out matched those of local man Alan Bowen.
Further investigation showed that £88,645 had been deposited via PayPal into the Halifax bank account of his mother Valerie. Bowne’s brother Brian was also snared and ultimately given a six months prison sentence after he admitted selling more than £88,000 worth of bike parts online. Younger brother Alan was found guilty of selling close to £14,000 of the stolen goods over a four-month period. He received an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
Passing sentence, Judge McFarland rubbished suggestions that the brothers had bought the products at a car-boot sale.
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