Three men who were convicted of handling stolen goods have been ordered to forfeit almost £80,000.
Leicestershire Police raided the homes of two of the men in April 2011. Officers found two tractors, an excavator and a 4x4 car and a number of other vehicles which had all been stolen.
In March this year they were all given suspended jail terms at a hearing at Leicester Crown Court.
They now face jail if they fail to hand over the profits of their criminality. Barry Allsop, 58, of Coston Road, Sproxton, was ordered to pay £59,000 or face 18 months’ jail and Matthew Allsop, 33, of Colston Lane, Harby, was ordered to pay £20,000 or face eight months’ jail. Jamie Allsop, 29, of Coston Road, Sproxton, was ordered to pay £500 or face seven days in jail.
Mick Penfold from Leicestershire Police prepared this week’s case under the Proceeds of Crime Act. He said: “This case shows again that Leicestershire Police is not prepared to allow criminals to keep the proceeds of their crime. We will pursue crooks using both civil and criminal legislation where we can.”