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Police Warn of Stolen Goods On-Line

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Merchandise officers said Jennifer Szostecki was selling on-line. Merchandise officers said Jennifer Szostecki was selling on-line.
According to police, Jennifer Szostecki was selling stolen merchandise on-line. According to police, Jennifer Szostecki was selling stolen merchandise on-line.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Criminals are acquiring stolen merchandise then listing it on-line for sale. The problem is purchasing the hot stuff could land you in hot water.

The internet can be a shopper's smorgasbord, but where there are shoppers, there are bound to be shoplifters. Jennifer Szostecki was peddling hot merchandise, according to detectives. They said she had ripped-off audio recording equipment.

Szostecki was advertising on craigslist while out on parole from prison. She has aggravated robbery and arson on her record. She was rearrested Saturday afternoon.

"I benefited from this person's misjudgment of putting it up on Craigslist. I went, and I looked around for it. I noticed it was there, and I just connected the dots from that point on," said Chris Hinson, Theft Victim.

Chris Hinson was actually the first to spot his own stolen stuff online. Detectives said Szostecki resorted to the internet only after striking out at a retail, music store along Gallatin Road. That merchant couldn't buy the equipment and suggested Ebay or Craigslist.

Detectives said the buyer could also be charged. Metro Police detective Matthew Filter said if it's too good to be true, it probably is, and they would likely charge people who purchase such items.

Szostecki's stash is about $10,000 worth of equipment.

Metro Police Detective Brian Brown said, "She wanted $3,000 for it."

 Szostecki claimed she needed the money for rent money. Officers said she went wrong when she tried to sell the merchandise to them.

Police said Szostecki  could even face charges of burglary for allegedly breaking into the victim's east-side home and stealing that audio equipment.

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