A DHL worker was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to commit theft after being accused of stealing tires from a company and selling them on eBay, police in the United Kingdom said.
Now, 55-year-old Mark Claxton of Carlisle, has been sentenced to probation after being convicted of stealing tires from the Pirelli Tyres company and selling the merchandise on eBay.
His partner in crime, 58-year-old Graham Wait, who worked for the R Drummond Carriers transportation company, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, which was suspended for two years, along with 200 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay 1,500 pounds ($2,170).
According to the police investigation, Claxton who was employed by DHL at Pirelli Tyres, conspired with the truck driver from R Drummond Carriers, Wait, to steal tires and transport them to Scotland, and sell them on eBay.
Claxton who had been employed by DHL for 14 years, teamed up with the delivery driver who regularly collected orders from Pirelli, to transport the stolen tires to Scotland in order from them to be sold via eBay, and the profits were split between them.
The conspiracy came to light when the head of security for Pirelli, was made aware that tires were being sold on eBay at a far cheaper rate than the recommended retail price.
They carried out a test purchase for tires and identified them as stock stolen from the factory in Carlisle.