A MAN sold stolen bikes on Ebay then spent the cash on lavish holidays.
Unemployed Carl James, 34, pocketed more than £15,000 in just 12 months selling bicycles on Ebay from his home in Haymarket Road, Cambridge.
Officers seized a number of bikes – including two confirmed as stolen - from his home when they carried out a warrant in April.
Examination of his Ebay account showed he had sold bikes, bicycle parts and an acupuncture laser kit for a total of £15,148 between April 2011 and April 2012.
It also emerged he had splashed out on several holidays, each costing up to £6,000, to Mexico and the Maldives.
He denied 10 counts of converting criminal property but was convicted following a week-long trial at Cambridge Crown Court.
He was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, given a 12-month supervision order and ordered to carry out 250 hours’ unpaid work at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday (Thursday).
PC Eleanor Jaggard said: “Carl James was making a lot of money selling stolen bikes to customers online.
“Those buyers had no idea they were buying stolen property.
“This type of offending can fuel bike theft because it provides a market in which thieves can sell on stolen bikes.
“He had been warned about his conduct previously but continued to trade in stolen goods and is now facing the consequences.”