Man charged with dealing in stolen property

LAKE CITY, Fla. -- A man was arrested Thursday after police say he was dealing in stolen property.

During a search warrant of Steven Hankins' business, Hankins Computers, evidence and marijuana were found and the State Attorney's Office issued a warrant for his arrest, according to a release from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

In September 2013, detectives began working with eBay and Amazon, doing an open source search to find electronics stolen from construction company Anderson Columbia over a five-year span in Lake City.

From 2008-2013, an employee allegedly used corporate money to buy over 300 personal electronics including new and used laptops, computers, monitors, iPads and iPods then resold them to local residents and to buyers on eBay.

Anderson Columbia, Inc. IT Manager Jerami Robinson was arrested in September 2013 for allegedly purchasing the iPads through the company's corporate accounts and selling them to Hankins' company, Hankins Computers.

Hankins, 51, is facing charges of organized fraud, possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis and 21 counts of dealing in stolen property, the release detailed.

Hankins is being held on a total bond of $270,000.


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