Man Who 'Fenced' Stolen Goods in Self-Storage Sentenced to 30 Months

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A man who stored stolen goods in a unit at Locker Room Self Storage in Collegeville, Pa., was sentenced to 30 months in a federal penitentiary and three years of supervised release. Vallin Malcom, 67, of Harleysville, Pa., pleaded guilty to conspiring with the leader of a multi-state burglary ring, buying and selling more than $1.5 million worth of stolen property such as cameras, watches, perfumes and guitars.

Malcom’s sentence was reduced from a potential 70 to 87 months of imprisonment because of his cooperation in the case against Scott Allen Hornick, 38, the burglary-ring organizer. Hornick was convicted this year on six counts of interstate transportation of stolen property and two counts of conspiracy in connection with a six-year burglary binge. Prosecutors claim the ring hit more than 150 businesses in more than a dozen states. Hornick will be sentenced on May 14 and could face a sentence of 30 years to life. 

Malcom was ordered to pay restitution of more than $1.75 million in connection with the case. Federal authorities also filed a notice of forfeiture against him, seeking to seize any property that constitutes or is derived from income traceable to the burglaries.The burglary-ring investigation involved several East Coast law-enforcement agencies, including Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI.

Sources: The Mercury, Clarification, Man sentenced for Collegeville fencing operation

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