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Worker used eBay to sell stolen Isabella Oliver clothes

A supervisor at an internet firm stole designer clothes and maternity wear and sold the items on his own eBay site.

Mindaugas Stankevicies, 23, from Barking in Essex, pleaded guilty to theft, fraud, making a false instrument and possessing criminal property.

He was jailed for eight months at Luton Crown Court.

Stankevicies had worked at the Isabella Oliver warehouse in Luton, Bedfordshire, for about three years and was promoted to supervisor last year.

He used the company's packaging and mailing process to send out clothing to his customers and changed stock records to cover his tracks, the court heard.

Prosecutor Natalie Carter said that the firm noticed their stock being advertised on eBay and an investigation revealed stock shortages.

Breach of trust

"The eBay seller was using the name 'typhoon 232' and when they made a dummy purchase the seller's details came back as Stankevicies."

He had also drawn attention to himself by purchasing alloy wheels on eBay and turning up at work with them on his car.

The prosecution claim he sold 166 garments for almost £9,000 but he disputed that figure.

Stephen Garratt, defending, said: "This was not particularly sophisticated and his offending did not cause suspicion to fall on anyone else.

"He has new employment and wants to reimburse the company for their loss, but he risks losing the job if he is sent to prison."

Judge Michael Kay QC said: "It is inappropriate to suspend the sentence. This was a breach of trust simply for greed."

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