Suspended Sentence for John Lewis Worker Who Stole Stock To Sell Online


A John Lewis worker who stole thousands of pounds of stock to sell on eBay has received a suspended jail sentence.
Ashley Graham Holland, 32, of Cheadle Heath, had worked at the Cheadle Royal store for 15 years when the theft was discovered.
His haul included watches, purses, handbags, cameras, iPads, mobile phones, TomTom devices and make-up which he sold online.
Holland was given a suspended prison sentence of 10 months and 200 hours of unpaid work at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.
He had pleaded guilty to theft at a previous hearing at Stockport Magistrates Court.
The value of goods he admitted stealing was £5,630.
He confessed to stealing from the store ran from May 2014 to April 2016 – but suspicions were aroused by February 2016.
An investigator for John Lewis became concerned by an eBay account that was selling items available in the store.
She found the postcode connected to the account and the user name belonged to Holland.
Police praised John Lewis’s investigative work.
Inspector Neil Cook, from Stockport police, said: “The internal security team who did a very professional investigation, which can often make the difference between the case being progressed or dropped.
“Due to the professional and thorough evidence package handed over to the police, a search warrant was applied for and executed.
“A large amount of stolen property was recovered and the employee was arrested.”
A spokesman for John Lewis said: “While we cannot go into detail on the security measures that we have, we take any incident of theft extremely seriously.
“As with any incident of crime, we will work closely with the police and are thankful for their swift co-operation.”