A man has been sentenced for handling stolen goods.
Keith Glover, aged 73, of Summers Street, Swindon, appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court on 19 December, where he pleaded guilty to two counts of handling stolen goods and was given a six month conditional discharge.
On 18 October, officers attended Glover’s address after he was identified as being involved in an incident of theft from Wilko in the town centre.
During their visit to the address, they uncovered a large number of items all believed to be stolen. He was arrested and a search of the property was carried out.
A total of 122 items were seized, including fragrances, men and womens clothing, toys, jewellery, electrical goods and household items. Although an exact value of the items is not known, it is believed to be in excess of £3,000.
A number of the items still had security tags fitted, and others had clear evidence that security tags had been forcibly removed.
PC Paul Bezzant said: “CCTV of the initial offence showed Glover pointing out what he would like from the shelves in Wilko, and then leaving someone else to commit the shoplifting offence. He then met up with them 10 minutes later and handed over some cash for the item.
“The sheer number of items seized from his address shows that he was knowingly facilitating the flow of stolen items through his possession.
“By giving known shoplifters an outlet to convert the stolen items into cash creates a cycle of further offending.
“I am pleased we have been able to progress this investigation quickly and put Glover before the courts.”
As well as the conditional discharge, Glover was ordered to pay Crown Prosecution Costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.