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Corby engineer stole and sold £19,000 of equipment avoids jail

A refrigeration engineer from Corby who stole £19,000 of equipment from the company he worked for has been spared a prison sentence.

Neil Jenkins, 35, of Waltham Close, used PureDrive Ltd invoices to buy equipment which he sold on eBay.

He told police that he had been depressed and desperate and offered to work for free to repay the money.

He was given a six-month suspended sentence and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid community work.

'Genuinely remorseful'

Jenkins was approached by police after a colleague of his noticed equipment similar to that installed by their company on eBay.

When the site was traced back to him his house was raided and equipment was found.

It emerged he had sold about 50 items over a period of two years.

Jenkins told police that he had been under pressure after losing a friend, was in a "turbulent relationship" and had become a carer for his mother who had cancer.

Sentencing him at Northampton Crown Court recorder Helen Malcolm said: "This was a substantial amount of equipment.

"It was offending that took place over two years. It seems to be your personal fault that you got into this.

"Having said that you appear to be genuinely remorseful."

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