Four teenagers charged in eBay scheme
Published 3:47 pm, Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Four New Canaan teenaged boys facing arrest warrants turned themselves in to police on Tuesday, May 14, and were charged with third-degree larceny and third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, according to police.
The boys -- three 14-year-olds and a 15-year old -- ran an eBay scheme, said police, between October and December 2012 in which they listed items like laptops and televisions, including pictures of them, for sale. In the detailed descriptions of the items, they included the word "guide," police said.
One woman in California reported to her local police that when she received the package for which she paid via PayPal, all that was inside was a user's manual, according to the report. Her complaint was forwarded to the New Canaan police, since the boys' username was tracked to New Canaan.
The boys accumulated up to $4,500 in their PayPal account, according to the report.
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They were referred to Stamford Juvenile Court and were scheduled to appear on Tuesday, May 21.