Four get suspended jail terms for 'stolen goods' charges
FOUR men have been given suspended prison sentences after admitting various offences involving 'stolen goods'.
Alex Shepherd, Matthew Mazzoni, Robert Hobbs and Ian Shepherd were all brought before Plymouth Crown Court after they were arrested when police targeted a shop between March and May last year.
The undercover officers were seeking to sell 'stolen' jewellery, games and tobacco at the Devonport Plymouth Easy Cash shop, the court was told.
The investigation led to a raid on several properties, including the Marlborough Street shop.
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It was the Crown Prosecutions case that the Easy Cash shop and Mazzoni's nearby flat had been used for selling items.
Robert Hobbs, of Granby Green, was proprietor of the shop at the time of the arrests on June 22.
The 38-year-old pleaded guilty to a count of attempting to handle stolen goods.
He was sentenced by Judge Francis Gilbert QC to 11 months in prison suspended for two years and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.
Alex Shepherd, of St Aubyn Road, and Matthew Mazzoni, of Albert Road, had both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen goods.
The judge gave both men eight month prison sentences suspended for two years and 150 hours of community service each.
Ian Shepherd, who had pleaded guilty to attempting to handle stolen goods, was given nine months in prison suspended for two years and 100 hours of community service.