Balaclava, trainers and Gucci watches among police ‘cop shop’ sales
AN online ‘cop shop’ is flogging crooks’ assets to help victims of crime.
Cheshire Police has launched an eBay profile - cheshirepolice.
The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 made it possible for the public to purchase items which have formed part of a court ‘confiscation order’, so police forces selling on eBay is now common practice.
A Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that since it launched in 2011 the eBay account has sold 778 items including two Gucci watches, a ceramic tile cutter, fishing gear and a few dozen pairs of trainers, particularly of the Nike Air Max variety.
It has also sold more bizarre items, including a balaclava which was snapped up by a shopper for the bargain price of 50p in March 2016.
Currently up for grabs are ink cartridges and cassette tapes.
The shop is so popular it already has 6,042 followers.
Jason De Prez, Cheshire police’s accredited financial investigator, said: “By selling items in this way, we hope to generate a bigger income from criminal assets, which in turn will benefit victims of crime and be reinvested in local policing initiatives.”