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Man sold stolen goods on the internet

PUBLISHED: 10:25 15 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:01 22 October 2010

A man once convicted of handling items taken in a burglary at the home of disgraced former Tory party chairman Jeffrey Archer was found advertising stolen goods on Ebay, Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday.

A man once convicted of handling items taken in a burglary at the home of disgraced former Tory party chairman Jeffrey Archer was found advertising stolen goods on Ebay, Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday.

Mark Taplin, 34, who was said to make an estimated £15,000 a year by selling goods on the internet auction site, advertised stolen camcorders and a Sky digibox for sale.

Nick Methwold, prosecuting, said that when police raided his home at Motum Road, Norwich, they found two camcorders similar to ones taken in a burglary at a Bennetts Electrical store and a Sky digibox which had also been taken in a burglary.

Taplin, who admitted handling stolen goods, confessed that he had already sold two other camcorders on Ebay for £400 each but, despite admitting he suspected they might have be stolen, he declined to say who had sold them to him.

The court heard Taplin had previous convictions for handling, as in 1996 he was convicted of handling valuables taken in a £16,000 burglary at Lord Archer's home in Cambridgeshire. He had admitted handling a French mantel clock, enamel boxes and a silver cigarette case belonging to Lord Archer.

For his latest offence, Judge Peter Jacobs gave Taplin a nine-month suspended jail sentence and ordered him to pay £800 compensation to Bennetts and £560 towards prosecution costs.

Judge Jacobs told Taplin: "You were selling them to innocent people who use the site and would not expect to be buying stolen property. You obtained the money by selling them stolen property."

He also ordered Taplin to do 140 hours community punishment work.

Hugh Vass, mitigating said that Taplin worked for a contract cleaning company and had sold items legitimately on Ebay.

"He has a Ebay account and makes about £15,000 a year by selling items on Ebay."


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