A man who sold stolen property to undercover police officers who were pretending to run a second hand shop in High Town in Luton has been given a jail term that will not add an extra time to the prison sentence he is already serving.
 
The man was a regular visitor to the shop called “This ‘n’ That” in High Town, Luton but had no idea it was part of a secret police operation to trap handlers and petty criminals in the town
 
On different occasions he came into the shop with two mobile phones, an iPhone and a laptop.
 
And he had been present when a woman friend of his came into the shop with a stolen passport.
 
At Luton crown court the 44 year old appeared for sentence after admitting four offences of converting criminal property.
 
He also admitted possessing an identification document with an improper intention.
 
He was already in custody having been jailed for six-and-a-half-years earlier this year at the same court for possessing a shotgun and a second charge of shortening it.
 
the court heard he had a drug problem and received a little under £300 for stolen items he brought into the shop.
 
In March 2013 just weeks after the shop had closed the man was one of a number of people arrested.
 
Lawton’s Stuart Sprawson defending said “He feels he was vulnerable at the time because of his drug addiction and the life he was living.”
 
Mr Sprawson said he was not due to be released from jail until 2017 but in custody he had undertaken a number of courses to help him tackle his drug problems and find honest work when he is free.
 
The court was told that while an inmate at The Mount Prison near Hemel Hempstead, the man had written four songs to go onto a charity album that was to be released to raise money to help prisoners.
 
“He is not quite Take That but he has written four songs already and he hopes to do another five songs this month.”
 
Judge Stuart Bridge told the defendant he was not going to give him any sentence that would not increase the amount of time he must spend behind bars.
 
He sentenced him to nine months imprisonment, but said it would run concurrently to the six and a half years he is now serving.