I recently (30/3/11)Â tweeted that a Coventry resident was approached in the street and offered a fantastic laptop for not a lot of cash by some unknowns in a car.Â Money was handed over BUT the laptop bag contained water bottles not a lovely cheap laptop
The point is that if you decide to circumvent DixonsÂ (other retail outlets are available) by buying items for a ridiculouslyÂ low price it is highly likely that the property is either stolen, broken or indeed fictional.
If its stolen then you are fueling crime and if it either of the other 2 options you’ve been ripped off.
Just think before you go for the ultimate once in a lift time bargain – if it’s too good to be true balance up the probabilitiesÂ and if it feels wrong then walk away.
Similar article from 2010
COVENTRYÂ Police are warning householders to think twice before buying second hand goods that may have been stolen in local burglaries.
Officers have been made aware of a number of people being offered goods such as plasma tvs and I-pods for sale on their doorstep which have actually come from local burglaries.
Many people in the city may be tempted by doorstep offers which sound too good to be true, but officers from Coventry Police are warning that if the price and the circumstances donâ€™t seem right then the chances are that the item is stolen and anyone buying such goods could face prosecution themselves.
Chief Inspector Dave Reilly said: â€œA lot of the burglars in Coventry are looking to sell goods on fast to fuel their drug or alcohol habits, so they are offering them to other householders at cheap prices.
â€œI would warn anyone tempted to buy these products that if they do buy a stolen tv or i-pod then they are committing a crime and could be prosecuted for handling stolen goods.â€
The law treats the handlers of stolen goods as severely as it does the burglar themselves and the maximum penalty for handling stolen goods is 14 years imprisonment.
Chief Inspector Dave Reilly warned: â€œIf you are offered goods where the price seems too good to be true, then the chances are it is stolen and itâ€™s a burglar offering to sell you something he may later break in to steal back and sell on.
â€œI would encourage all householders not to buy these goods and report anyone offering them for sale to the police.â€
Police are tackling burglary with extra high visibility and undercover patrols in known hotspots as well as leaflet drops to householders.
They are also visiting local pawnbrokers and cash converter shops to pass on the warning about handling stolen goods and to encourage reporting.
Police are also repeating their appeal to householders to keep windows and doors closed during warm weather to help deter burglars in the first place.
Anyone being offered goods for sale they are concerned might be stolen should call their neighbourhood team on 0345 113 5000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.