THE DRIVER of a delivery van taking frozen food all over the country, stole up to £3,000 worth of food for his own use, a court has heard.
Marek Cezary Mol, 54, of Witham Street, Boston admitted theft as an employee when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court.
Prosecuting, Emma Wright said that Mol was employed to deliver frozen food across the country by the Taste of Poland food company, based in Nursery Road.
She said that between April and November this year, customers were reporting that deliveries were short of stock and the company suspected Mol.
She said that the delivery vehicles had trackers and when the records were examined it was found that
Mol had made regular and unexpected stops and that also he seemed to use more fuel to complete the deliveries than other drivers.
She said that on November 8, they saw that Mol had made an unscheduled stop in a lay by where his own car was parked, and they saw that his car contained food as well as two 20 litre containers of diesel.
Ms Wright said that when they approached him he said: “I will work two weeks for free if you don't call the police. It's the first time I've done this.”
However, police were informed and when they searched his house they found substantial amounts of food which had been stolen from his employer.
The court was told he admitted to stealing 133 separate meat products and 180 frozen food products as well as the diesel, between June and November.
Mitigating, Carrie Simpson said it was Mol's view that the items seized would have gone for waste as it had been spoilt by defrosting, and he had taken it for his own food.
However, the magistrates said they viewed this as a 'serious breach of trust' and was not a 'one-off offence but had been going on for a long time'.
Mol was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work for the community and ordered to pay £1,500 in compensation and £85 court costs.