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Five US students from Washington have had their collars felt after selling stolen goods on eBay to fund their way through college.

The net closed on the quintet of Dillingers from Edmonds Community College and WSU after police were alerted to deliveries of electronic goods bought on stolen credit cards to addresses in Washington.

Detective Doug Teachworth explained: "I started receiving several complaints from businesses outside Washington who said, 'hey we got ripped off by some folks who were using stolen credit cards. We shipped a number of products to some people who live in your city, will you help us out?'"

Teachworth obliged by busting the five miscreants at their Lynnwood apartments and confiscating their PCs. They allegedly sold the misappropriated kit on eBay to pay for "college tuition, rent, and just their general living expenses", the detective added.

Although the students now face possible federal charges related to the dispatch of stolen goods through the US mail, they will at least be among the better-educated penitentiary guests - all five successfully completed their degrees before the net closed. ®

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