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Police charge Exeter man for theft of replica penny farthing following Ebay search

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 28, 2014

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A REPLICA penny farthing allegedly stolen on Christmas Day is due to be returned to its owner after police discovered it for sale on Ebay.

Five days after it was reported stolen from an address in Honiton, police found what they thought could be the same bike listed on Ebay.

Detective Constable Paul Perryman, described the subsequent police investigation as “relatively straightforward”. “Detectives monitoring Ebay found a bicycle listed that they thought could have been the one stolen,” he continued.

“They are quite rare items and you only find one or two listed on ebay at any one time.

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“From tracing the user identity of the seller we traced the bike to the suspect.

“The bike was recovered and will be returned to the owner when our enquiries come to an end.”

• Robert Bastin, 20, previously from Honiton but now living in Exeter, has been charged with theft and is due to appear at Exeter Magistrates Court on February 25.

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  • nick113  |  January 29 2014, 4:22PM

    In TV series the crooks always appear to be clever, whereas in real life........