Barking thief made �9,000 stealing designer clothes from employer to sell online

A Barking supervisor at an internet clothing company sold their designer clothes and maternity dresses from his own online auction site.

Not only did Mindaugas Stankevicies, 23, steal the clothes, he also used the company’s packaging and mailing process to send them out to his customers on ebay.

Stankevicies, of Thornhill Gardens, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to theft, fraud, making a false instrument and possessing criminal property and was jailed for eight months on Friday.

Prosecutor Natalie Carter said he had been working for the internet company Isabella Oliver for about three years at their warehouse in Luton and had been promoted to supervisor last year.

“The company noticed some of their stock being advertised on ebay and a loss of stock, which led to an intensive investigation in August last year.

“The 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 when it was noticed that ‘typhoon 232’ had purchased some alloy wheels on ebay and the employee turned up at work with new alloys on his car.

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She said their stock records had been altered by the defendant to cover his tracks.

The prosecution claim he sold 166 garments for almost �9,000, but that figure was disputed by him.

Mrs Carter said there was also a loss to the company because he was using their packaging and postal services.

Stephen Garratt, defending, said: “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.”

Stankevicies was told by Judge Michael Kay QC: “It is inappropriate to suspend the sentence.

“This was a breach of trust simply for greed.”