Mini thief had been jailed be­fore

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

One of the Mini thieves sen­tenced two weeks ago has been to prison be­fore for al­most iden­ti­cal crimes and had been us­ing far more eBay shops than po­lice re­vealed, CCW has now dis­cov­ered.

Stephen Fid­di­more, 36, is start­ing a three-and-a-half year sen­tence for his part in steal­ing and break­ing up 13 Mi­nis ( CCW 20 April). It has now come to light that in 2012 Fid­di­more, then known as David Brown, was sen­tenced to four-anda-half years for steal­ing cars worth around £700,000. Along with his brother he was part of the ‘Fid­di­more Gang’ who po­lice sus­pect stole over 50 cars in the South East, sev­eral of them clas­sic Mi­nis. The car parts were then sold on eBay. In the lat­est case, po­lice re­vealed that Fid­di­more used two eBay stores, sns_sal­vage and s_wrks. How­ever, CCW has found that Fid­di­more also used mpi_mini_­parts, s_­works_ garages and cro­ker_­coach_­tours (the lat­ter a ref­er­ence to The Ital­ian Job).

All the eBay stores are now closed, though cached in­for­ma­tion re­veals that 730 trans­ac­tions were com­pleted on just the sns_sal­vage store in less than a year. .

Fid­di­more’s eBay cus­tomer rat­ing was 92%, sug­gest­ing the majority of buy­ers were happy with his ser­vice. A spokesman for eBay says the com­pany can­not comment on in­di­vid­ual cases.

Stephen Fid­di­more, 36, is now serv­ing time for his part in steal­ing 13 Mi­nis.

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