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No jail for couple who sold stolen toys via Facebook

Police seized a truckload of stolen toys last year. - Richmond RCMP photo
Police seized a truckload of stolen toys last year.
— image credit: Richmond RCMP photo

A Richmond provincial court judge has handed suspended sentences and a lengthy probation period to a local couple who pled guilty to selling stolen toys via Facebook.

Alyssa Susan John, 35, received a 30-month term of probation and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of $50, after pleading guilty to four counts of theft under $5,000. Four other counts were stayed.

Darren Patrick John, 35, received a two-year probation term and a suspended sentence for three counts of theft under $5,000 and was also ordered to pay a $50 victim surcharge. Two other counts he was facing, were stayed.

A Richmond RCMP investigation last year included a search of the couple’s home, on the 4700 block of Steveston Highway, where police discovered a “truckload” of stolen merchandise.

The stolen toys were sold through a Steveston-based Facebook group, according to multiple sources.

Alyssa and Darren both pled guilty.

Most of the stolen items seized by police were children’s Lego toy sets.

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