Does anyone know if a lot of stolen goods are traded on eBay? I bet that only a tiny fraction of thieves get caught like these teenagers did.

When a string of Cary businesses was burglarized in October, local police immediately turned to Internet auction sites for signs of the stolen merchandise. The officers hit pay dirt when they spotted some distinctive ashtrays on eBay.

The discovery was one piece of the investigation that led to the arrests this week of three Cary High School students in what police describe as a sophisticated burglary ring.

I guess the thing to do is avoid "like new" auctions that aren't actually new... though sellers could just steal stuff pre-sale from stores easily enough.

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