Thieving antique dealer ordered to pay back almost £10,000

Thu 21st, Sep

An antique dealer who stole valuable jewellery from an elderly lady in Norfolk has been ordered to forfeit almost £10,000.

Thieving antique dealer ordered to pay back almost £10,000 An antique dealer who stole valuable jewellery from an elderly lady in Norfolk has been ordered to forfeit almost £10,000. Ricky Scott, 53, of Lowestoft Road, Portsmouth, appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where he was ordered to forfeit a total of £9,490 under the Proceeds Of Crime Act. In July 2016 Scott visited the home of a woman in Necton offering to purchase jewellery. After he had left, it was discovered that two rings had been stolen. An investigation began and Scott was arrested travelling on the M6 near Stafford. A search of his vehicle found miscellaneous jewellery and £9,490 of cash. He was found guilty of theft following a hearing at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on 19 April and received a sentence of 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years. An application for the forfeiture of the cash seized from Scott was brought by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) working in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary. Temporary Detective Inspector Rob Turner of the ERSOU’S Economic Crime Unit said that: “The making of the order by the magistrates in this case further underlines our determination to use the Proceeds of Crime Act at every opportunity to ensure that cash derived from crime, often the very motivation for the commission of the offence, is forfeited or confiscated by the Court and this case is another example of that.”