A Bowling Green woman was recently found not guilty of allegations that she sold stolen collectibles on eBay.
On Feb. 27, 2008, a report from a woman, whose storage facility was broken into earlier in the month, alleged that Anita Godfrey was possibly selling her Longaberger baskets and other collectibles on the eBay website.
After obtaining a search warrant, officers discovered more than 100 Longaberger baskets valued at wholesale prices between $5,000-$10,000, several boxes of various types of unique sports memorabilia believed to be from a burglary reported more than two years ago and various other items and collectibles.
Godfrey was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of stolen property and later formally charged with class D felony charge of receiving stolen property.
In March 2008, Brian Godfrey was arrested and formally arraigned on a class D felony receiving stolen property charged for his involvement with the alleged stolen property.
Although there was a large amount of evidence collected during the investigation, much of it was ruled inadmissible by the court because owners of the items in question said they were only "similar" to their stolen property.
The State of Indiana's motion to dismiss the case against Brian Godfrey was accepted by Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers on Jan. 14, 2008. However, Brian Godfrey has two separate unrelated cases awaiting further proceedings at this time.
On Jan. 26-29, a jury trial was held in the case against Anita Godfrey in Clay Superior Court.
During the proceedings, defense attorney Laura Paul filed a motion with the court about evidence collected in the case. The motion raised several questions, including (1) whether the person claiming ownership of the property could actually identify their legal property due to the nature of it being mass produced and (2) that no evidence was presented in court that proved whether Anita knew the merchandise was stolen or not.
The jury agreed and entered a not guilty verdict in the case.