Sheffield online trader banned from Ebay

Leisure Tech boss Darren Vance at his Mexborough premises. Thieves broke in by cutting through the metal roller-door, which has subsequently been repaired.
Leisure Tech boss Darren Vance at his Mexborough premises. Thieves broke in by cutting through the metal roller-door, which has subsequently been repaired.
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An Ebay trader from Sheffield convicted of selling stolen goods faces a ban from the auction site after he was tracked down by a victim.

Businessman Darren Vance turned detective to buy back some of his own property when he spotted it on eBay and traced it to Kevin Johnson’s address in Sheffield.

Mr Vance, from Harlington, Mexborough, later expressed his disappointment when police failed to act immediately on the evidence he gathered and other items stolen from his premises were sold on by Johnson.

Johnson, aged 45, a full-time carer for his 13-year-old son trades on eBay using several names.

He denied three charges of handling stolen goods but was convicted by District Judge Jonathan Bennett at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court.

Johnson was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid community work.

He was also ordered to pay Mr Vance compensation of £461, plus court costs of £250.

Judge Bennett said: “It is quite clear from the evidence that the police should notify Ebay about this case, because Johnson uses a number of accounts and they should be aware of my concerns about it.”

He warned Johnson: “If you are going to continue to use eBay you have to think very carefully about the way you conduct your affairs.”

Johnson, of Birley Moor Drive, Birley, said: “It’s all been shut down because of this.”

The judge also repeated his criticism of South Yorkshire Police for their slow response to the evidence provided by Mr Vance, who tracked his items on the auction site when he went on holiday shortly after the burglary last August.

Judge Bennett said: “I have commented on the fortitude of Mr Vance and the lack of action, so he ended up doing most of the enquiries and detective work and recovering his own property by paying over the odds.

“Sadly, police failed to do anything else and the other goods got sold.”

Johnson, who has convictions for dishonesty and drug dealing, said he received nearly £69-a-week carer’s allowance because his son is at a special school.

He said: ‘I do a lot of work on Ebay’, but said his wife was the family breadwinner.