A NORTHWICH man jailed for 16 counts of handling stolen goods has been ordered to pay about £20,000 – or have his prison sentence extended by 10 months.
Gary Mossman, 44, formerly of Sandbach Drive, Kingsmead, was convicted of all charges following a trial in May, and jailed for two years.
He was brought before Judge Nicholas Woodward at Chester Crown Court on Friday under the Proceeds of Crime Act and told he must give back £17,500 within 12 months, and pay the prosecution costs of £2,159.
Mossman, now of Sutton Weaver, bought and sold stolen goods including bikes, TVs, lawnmowers, cameras and SatNavs.
He will appear before the court again on September 5, when the judge could order he pay the costs incurred by his own defence team.
Det Insp Pete Lawless, head of the Pro-Active Policing Team in Northwich and Winsford, said: “People who buy stolen property from street corners or car boot sales are committing a criminal offence.
“The message this order sends out is that people who committing these offences will not benefit.”