Goose Creek man sentenced to prison for transporting stolen goods

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Goose Creek man was sentenced Monday to transporting stolen goods via eBay.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 60-year-old Eugene Jones was sentenced for conspiracy to transport stolen goods in interstate commerce to three years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors showed that between 2007 and 2012, Jones organized a conspiracy to sell stolen goods on the Internet through eBay auctions. The illegal sales were organized in his North Charleston pawn shop, prosecutors said.

Jones recruited dozens of persons to steal merchandise from retail stores including Lowes, Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Belk, K-Mart, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Best Buy.

Jones suggested to his co-conspirators to steal specific merchandise, including computer software, calculators, tool kits, electronic devices, and kitchen appliances, attorneys showed.

After stealing goods from area stores, the co-conspirators took the stolen goods to Patriot Pawn, where Jones and his employees bought the stolen goods for far less than retail value, knowing the goods were stolen.

Jones, with the assistance of others, sold the stolen goods on eBay. During the conspiracy, approximately $1 million in stolen goods were sold on eBay and transported in interstate commerce, and Jones divided these illegal proceeds between himself and his co-conspirators.