Man used firm’s courier to offload stolen power drills

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A MAN has admitted stealing almost £12,000 worth of power tools from his employers, selling them on eBay and using the company’s courier to deliver them for free.

Matthew Ling, 28, of Glebe Way, Mendlesham, stole 34 power tools from Anglia Tools Centre (ATC) worth £11,605.03 in three years working for the company.

He began working at the firm in July 2008, listing the stolen items on eBay and using the company’s courier to deliver them, costing ATC another £326.77, said Rosalind Cappleman, prosecuting.

He was caught in May this year when someone from the company joined eBay and discovered what Ling was up to.

Ling pleaded guilty to theft by an employee at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

In mitigation, Justin McClintock said that Ling had not gained a lavish lifestyle from his crime and was embarrassed by what he had done.

He said: “Temptation got the better of him when he was struggling with various household bills.

“He is acutely embarrassed and acutely ashamed by what he has done.”

The case was adjourned while a report into how the case should be sentenced is carried out.

Ling will appear again at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ court on October 11.