Cleveland Police Go Online To Find Stolen Goods


CLEVELAND (AP) - Police investigators in Ohio say they are recovering more stolen goods from Internet auction Web sites such as e-Bay.

Jeff Capretto is a special agent in charge of a task force representing six Cleveland suburbs.

He says that in the past, police would often make recoveries from flea markets and sometimes pawn shops. Now, e-Bay has become an electronic flea market.

Investigators call the practice of peddling stolen goods online "e-fencing." The National Retail Federation calls it one of the fastest-growing issues they have to deal with.

Authorities in northeast Ohio put out an alert last month to police statewide to pay close attention to e-Bay sellers who advertise new merchandise such as D-V-D boxed sets, video games, expensive baseball bats and gloves and sports clothes made by Under Armour.