Ebay woman ‘let off’ for selling my stolen stuff: Leigh shopkeeper targeted on Christmas Eve

Echo: Ebay woman ‘let off’ for selling my stolen stuff: Leigh shopkeeper targeted on Christmas Eve Ebay woman ‘let off’ for selling my stolen stuff: Leigh shopkeeper targeted on Christmas Eve

A SHOPKEEPER has spoken of his disbelief after a case was dropped against a woman found to be selling his stolen watches on eBay.

Mike Wells’s shop Uptomen in Rectory Grove, Leigh, was targeted on Christmas Eve and 19 Storm and Torgoen Swiss watches were stolen.

A few days later, a woman was found to be selling three of the watches on eBay with the Uptomen tags still on them, leaving no doubt as to their origins.

One of the watches was recovered from the woman’s home and the woman was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

However, in a letter dated February 17, Mr Wells was told by Essex Police the Crown Prosecution Service had decided to drop the case, on the basis a successful prosecution was unlikely.

Mr Wells, 43, said: “I’m very disappointed nothing is going to happen to this person because it’s not a very good deterrent.

“It feels as though they’re saying to people it’s OK to handle stolen goods but, if they don’t tackle the people doing that, it’s only going to fuel the demand for people to commit these burglaries.

“It’s disheartening after you’ve put all that personal investment into a business, but I’ve had a lot of support from customers.”

Mr Wells added he no longer keeps the watches on the premises and the store’s security had been upgraded, with improved alarm and CCTV systems and a new door.

In the letter from Essex Police, officers said: “After evaluating the evidence the CPS has decided no further action will be taken against the female who sold the two watches on eBay.

“The CPS has to consider and apply a variety of tests to evaluate the likelihood of a successful prosecution and they did not believe this case met the criteria.”

They added: “I am sorry this is not the final result we had hoped for.”

A police spokesman said: “A 47-year-old woman from Southend was arrested in connection with inquiries into the theft of a number of watches from a shop in Leigh.

“The woman was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods on January 21 and interviewed at Southend police station then bailed pending further inquiries.

“Following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, she had her bail cancelled and no further action is anticipated.”

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1:08pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Nebs says...

Sorry to say, but the only time you can speak of your disbelief these days is when someone gets a prison sentence for a crime. Any other outcome is the norm and should not signal any type of disbelief.
Sorry to say, but the only time you can speak of your disbelief these days is when someone gets a prison sentence for a crime. Any other outcome is the norm and should not signal any type of disbelief. Nebs

1:11pm Wed 26 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

'handler of stolen' goods is as 'oily rag' to 'engine driver'..... the authorities need to prioritise, in these desperate times......
'handler of stolen' goods is as 'oily rag' to 'engine driver'..... the authorities need to prioritise, in these desperate times...... pembury53

1:53pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Prolific__Shoplifter says...

Makes me feel just that extra bit confident when I shoplift. If I am caught what's the worst that is going to happen? A slap on the wrist it seems like.
Makes me feel just that extra bit confident when I shoplift. If I am caught what's the worst that is going to happen? A slap on the wrist it seems like. Prolific__Shoplifter

2:18pm Wed 26 Feb 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

"Likelihood of a successful prosecution" says the CPS - didnt stop it regarding the Coronation St lot and DLT. "Couldnt be ar**d" more like.
"Likelihood of a successful prosecution" says the CPS - didnt stop it regarding the Coronation St lot and DLT. "Couldnt be ar**d" more like. GrumpyofLeigh

2:19pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Sybian Sue says...

If crass stupidity were a criminal offence this woman could expect the maximum sentence. Didn't even take the shop's label off !
If crass stupidity were a criminal offence this woman could expect the maximum sentence. Didn't even take the shop's label off ! Sybian Sue

2:25pm Wed 26 Feb 14

wobblybob says...

The CPS are so incompetent I can truly believe they wouldn't be able to successfully prosecute, trouble is that's now their standard reply to all 'small' crimes. The police are just as bad, my neighbour had tools stolen from his garage, he got a crime number from the police for insurance purposes then game over, they never even attended.
The CPS are so incompetent I can truly believe they wouldn't be able to successfully prosecute, trouble is that's now their standard reply to all 'small' crimes. The police are just as bad, my neighbour had tools stolen from his garage, he got a crime number from the police for insurance purposes then game over, they never even attended. wobblybob

2:40pm Wed 26 Feb 14

emcee says...

So, being caught "red handed" of a criminal offence is now no longer proof of guilt. It beggars belief, it really does.
So, being caught "red handed" of a criminal offence is now no longer proof of guilt. It beggars belief, it really does. emcee

2:58pm Wed 26 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Sybian Sue wrote:
If crass stupidity were a criminal offence this woman could expect the maximum sentence. Didn't even take the shop's label off !
yeah wonder what her ebay username is/was, not so much of a dummy after all though...she got off with ease.
[quote][p][bold]Sybian Sue[/bold] wrote: If crass stupidity were a criminal offence this woman could expect the maximum sentence. Didn't even take the shop's label off ![/p][/quote]yeah wonder what her ebay username is/was, not so much of a dummy after all though...she got off with ease. DogsMessInLeigh

3:45pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Prolific__Shoplifter says...

Sybian Sue wrote:
If crass stupidity were a criminal offence this woman could expect the maximum sentence. Didn't even take the shop's label off !
It's ridiculous. Some people are not sophisticated criminals like me. Well I wouldn't class myself as a genius, but I just put alot of thought into a crime before it occurs. The reason why I'm never caught.
[quote][p][bold]Sybian Sue[/bold] wrote: If crass stupidity were a criminal offence this woman could expect the maximum sentence. Didn't even take the shop's label off ![/p][/quote]It's ridiculous. Some people are not sophisticated criminals like me. Well I wouldn't class myself as a genius, but I just put alot of thought into a crime before it occurs. The reason why I'm never caught. Prolific__Shoplifter

3:57pm Wed 26 Feb 14

danger2013 says...

Maybe she brought the watches from a bootsale and didnt know they were stolen? Therefore making an honest mistake.
Maybe she brought the watches from a bootsale and didnt know they were stolen? Therefore making an honest mistake. danger2013

4:02pm Wed 26 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Prolific__Shoplifter wrote:
Sybian Sue wrote:
If crass stupidity were a criminal offence this woman could expect the maximum sentence. Didn't even take the shop's label off !
It's ridiculous. Some people are not sophisticated criminals like me. Well I wouldn't class myself as a genius, but I just put alot of thought into a crime before it occurs. The reason why I'm never caught.
wouldn't call shoplifting sophisticated.....no
w a clever diamond heist or Mayfair deposit box caper maybe, but nicking some legs of lamb and soap tablets from a shop..Nahhh mate thats pretty low on the scale.
[quote][p][bold]Prolific__Shoplifter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sybian Sue[/bold] wrote: If crass stupidity were a criminal offence this woman could expect the maximum sentence. Didn't even take the shop's label off ![/p][/quote]It's ridiculous. Some people are not sophisticated criminals like me. Well I wouldn't class myself as a genius, but I just put alot of thought into a crime before it occurs. The reason why I'm never caught.[/p][/quote]wouldn't call shoplifting sophisticated.....no w a clever diamond heist or Mayfair deposit box caper maybe, but nicking some legs of lamb and soap tablets from a shop..Nahhh mate thats pretty low on the scale. DogsMessInLeigh

4:16pm Wed 26 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Complain to the IPCC, for all anyone knows, it might have never been submitted to the CPS, like the Notley business Essex Police are in a right old mess at the mo
Complain to the IPCC, for all anyone knows, it might have never been submitted to the CPS, like the Notley business Essex Police are in a right old mess at the mo carnmountyouknowitmakessense

4:18pm Wed 26 Feb 14

MilesBond says...

Perhaps she was forthcoming with information ;)
Perhaps she was forthcoming with information ;) MilesBond

7:10pm Wed 26 Feb 14

keepitreal says...

once again the honest man loses out to scum
once again the honest man loses out to scum keepitreal

9:28pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Prolific__Shoplifter says...

keepitreal wrote:
once again the honest man loses out to scum
I wouldn't class her as scum. Maybe she just needed money? Maybe she had kids to feed?
[quote][p][bold]keepitreal[/bold] wrote: once again the honest man loses out to scum[/p][/quote]I wouldn't class her as scum. Maybe she just needed money? Maybe she had kids to feed? Prolific__Shoplifter

1:58am Sat 1 Mar 14

_Lotus_ says...

I am curious to know why the "Crown Prosecution Service had decided to drop the case, on the basis a successful prosecution was unlikely."

Why was it unlikely, she left the bloody tags on for crying out loud, just how much more proof did they need????????

Seriously, I wonder sometimes just how sane the legal system (AND the court system) is in this country, because as sure as eggs are eggs, something is amiss..... oh yes, common sense, that is what is missing!!!!

>:-
I am curious to know why the "Crown Prosecution Service had decided to drop the case, on the basis a successful prosecution was unlikely." Why was it unlikely, she left the bloody tags on for crying out loud, just how much more proof did they need???????? Seriously, I wonder sometimes just how sane the legal system (AND the court system) is in this country, because as sure as eggs are eggs, something is amiss..... oh yes, common sense, that is what is missing!!!! >:- _Lotus_

9:14am Tue 4 Mar 14

Littlerayofsunshine says...

In the grand scheme of things, who cares??? Is this even news??? I'm sure hundreds of people everyday are informed that the CPS wont prosecute, disappointedly it's become part of life, but you dont see them in the papers. #getoverit
In the grand scheme of things, who cares??? Is this even news??? I'm sure hundreds of people everyday are informed that the CPS wont prosecute, disappointedly it's become part of life, but you dont see them in the papers. #getoverit Littlerayofsunshine

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