PxPixel
CRC directors turn detective after £100k of company goods sold on eBay - BikeBiz

CRC directors turn detective after £100k of company goods sold on eBay

Brothers jailed for selling good stolen from CRC.
Author:
Publish date:
1-img_8447.jpg

Directors of Northern Ireland's Chain Reaction Cycles turned detective after discovering £100,000-worth of stolen bike parts were being sold on eBay. Brothers Brian and Alan Bowen have been jailed for their part in the scam – they sold the stolen goods via four eBay accounts.

Execs at Chain Reaction Cycles realised a great deal of stock was missing but they swung into action when they found that Carrickfergus-based eBay resellers had the same stock. The execs bought some of the suspiciously similar stock and when they found that the SKU codes matched with the missing goods they informed the police. Alan Bowen's fingerprints were found on the bubble wrap of one of the packages, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

Detectives discovered that £88,645 had been deposited via PayPal into the Halifax bank account of Brian Bowen's mother Valerie. 

Brian was jailed for six months after he admitted selling more than £88,000 worth of bike parts online over a six-month period from October 2012. His younger brother Alan was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, for selling almost £14,000 of the stolen goods over a four-month period up to August 2013.

Defence counsel had argued that the brothers had unwittingly bought the stolen goods at a car-boot sale but, passing sentence, Judge McFarland told the brothers: "I am satisfied there is sufficient proximity between you and the sale of these stolen goods.

"I just don't accept that these items were randomly purchased at a car boot sale. I don't know the exact relationship between you and the person who stole the items but it is clear it was a mutually beneficial relationship."

Featured Jobs

the cycle hub

Showroom Manager

The Cycle Hub I Dubai, United Arab Emirates I Competitive Package & Bonus I Date Published Tuesday 26th June 2018

Giant St Paul Logo

Bike Fitter / Sales Person

Giant St Pauls I City of London I Salary: Negotiable Dependent on Experience I Date Published Thursday 21st June 2018

CRC_Logo_620x349-1

Bike Technician

Chain Reaction Cycles I Ballyclare I Competitive Salary & Benefits Package I Date Published Monday 2nd July 2018

Canyon_Logo_1(1)

Brand Content Writer

Canyon Bicycles GmbH I Koblenz, Germany I Salary: Up to €38,000 I Date Published Tuesday 3rd July 2018

CRC_Logo_620x349-1

Retail Sales Advisor

Chain Reaction Cycles I Belfast I Competitive Salary & Benefits Package I Date Published Monday 2nd July 2018