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Couple plead guilty to selling stolen toys online

Police seized a truckload of toys from a Steveston-area home in October. - Richmond RCMP
Police seized a truckload of toys from a Steveston-area home in October.
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A Richmond couple who sold stolen toys online, have pled guilty to multiple counts of theft under $5,000 and are scheduled to be sentenced on May 28.

Alyssa Susan John, 35, and Darren Patrick John, 35, were charged with a total of 13 counts of theft under $5,000 in Richmond provincial court following an RCMP investigation that included a search of the couple’s home last November.

Charges were also filed against the couple in connection to incidents in New Westminster and Vancouver.

This week, Alyssa pled guilty to four counts, after her husband Darren pled guilty to three counts in court last month.

According to Richmond Mounties, police raided the couple’s home on the 4700 block of Steveston Highway on Oct. 1, and carried out a “truckload” of stolen merchandise.

Most of the stolen items seized by police were children’s Lego toy sets.

Police claim Alyssa sold the stolen items online, mostly to Richmond residents.

Multiple sources told The Richmond Review in November that the stolen toys were sold through a Steveston-based Facebook group.

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