Man stole cars from employer

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A SALES manager who stole two cars from his car dealership employers and lied about a driving ban appeared before magistrates on Tuesday.

Jeremy Waskett, of Sudbury Road, Long Melford, admitted two counts of theft by an employee, two counts of fraud by false representation and driving while disqualified when he appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that the 40-year-old had stolen a Ford Puma worth £700 from his employers – EMG Motor Group in Thetford – between August 1 and September 10 last year, and a VW Polo worth £2,700 on September 9. He had then sold on the cars and pocketed the cash.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, said Waskett, who had a company car, had also shown the car dealership an out-of-date driving licence to hide the fact he had 13 penalty points and later failed to inform them of a driving disqualification.

“He had a supervisory role and had access to various motors before being dismissed on September 30, 2011,” said Ms Small.

“He took a Ford Puma and sold it on and then a Polo from the stock of EMG and sold it to another motor trade group when he didn’t have the authority to sell the vehicles.

“Both were bought by members of the public in good faith, both were stopped by police and innocent people had the trauma of going through police procedure.”

“In police interview he made full admissions and said this period was the worst six months of his life,” she said.

David Cason, in mitigation, said that Waskett’s marriage had been breaking up and he had drink and money problems.

He had intended to pay back the money, said Mr Cason.

Magistrates requested a probation reportand Waskett was released on unconditional bail until sentencing on April 19.