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City Link delivery men jailed for selling post items on ebaY.

Byline: David James

A RING of delivery crooks stole hi-tech goods for more than two months before their employer alerted police.

Three employees of delivery firm City Link took computers, televisions and other goods that they should have delivered to homes in South Wales.

Cardiff Crown Court was told that for two and a half months the crooks peddled their illicitly obtained goods on auction website eBay at knockdown prices.

One raked in more than pounds 10,000 by selling more than 60 different items through the website.

In total, it is believed more than pounds 30,000 worth of items went missing.

Detective Sergeant Mike Yeo, of Roath CID, said detectives had been called in by delivery firm City Link, which has a base at Portmanmoor Road Industrial Estate, Splott, Cardiff.

Det Sgt Yeo said: "They were stealing all sorts of things: plasma-screen televisions, iPods, computers, hi-tech equipment, even a Dyson cleaner."

It is believed the stolen goods were loaded onto delivery driver Paul Golding's van and he delivered them to the homes of the other two men, Vincent Smith, 38, of Greenway Road, Rumney, Cardiff, and Joseph Stephens, 45, of Glyn Eidw, Pentwyn, Cardiff.

Between April 13 and June 3, 2007, some 61 items were stolen and sold on the popular auction website eBay for around pounds 10,000, a fraction of their full value.

Night-time supervisor Smith was jailed for nine months after he pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and one count of theft, with 24 offences taken into consideration.

Driver Golding, 42, of Chesterton Road, Llanrumney, Cardiff, was jailed for six months after pleading guilty to 15 counts of theft.

Fellow City Link employee Stephens was also jailed for six months after admitting five counts of theft.

A proceeds of crime application has been put forward by police and will be heard in December this year.

City Link is a reputable British delivery firm providing courier services across the UK and worldwide.

Since it was set up in 1969, it has grown to deliver an average of 340,000 parcels a day through a network of 350 trucks and 4,000 vans across the UK.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 6, 2008
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