Handling Stolen Goods

Section 22 of the Theft Act 1968 creates the offence.

A person handles stolen goods if (otherwise than in the course of the stealing) knowing or believing them to be stolen goods he dishonestly receives the goods, or dishonestly undertakes or assists in their retention, removal, disposal or realisation by or for the benefit of another person, or if he arranges to do so.

This offence can be dealt with either in the Magistrates or Crown Court. The maximum sentence in the Magistrates Court is 6 months imprisonment and/or a level 5 fine (£5000) and in the Crown Court it's 14 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

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