A fence who sold thousands of pounds of stolen car stereos on the internet has been jailed for 30 months
A fence who sold thousands of pounds of stolen car stereos on the internet has been jailed for 30 months.
Alan Spence, 37, was a key outlet for thieves targeting vehicles in Tyneside, helping bring misery to scores of motorists.
Spence, who started as a legitimate second hand dealer, stashed the hi-fis at his home and a room he used in another house.
And he even set up his own internet site to trade the hot hi-fis at up to £100 a time, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Jailing him, Judge Tim Hewitt, said: “It’s clear you were the centre of a conspiracy whereby thieves of car audio systems would come to you to dispose of their ill-gotten gains. It was really on quite a large scale. I conclude very substantial amounts of property passed through your hands.”
Spence, of Dawcett Road, Newcastle, admitted conspiracy to handle stolen goods between December 2000 and January last year.
Police recovered an estimated £30,000 of stolen stereos in twin raids. They found 105 hi-fis and other pieces of audio equipment during a search of Spence’s home in April last year.
Another 45 stereos and 21 fascias were recovered from a room he had rented in a house in the city’s West End.
Mark Styles, defending, said: “This is not a case of him sending people out to commit crime.
“He drifted into the commission of this initially having come into contact with people through his legitimate business as a second hand dealer.”
From May 2004