Men sentenced for diesel theft
A MAN caught with more than 200 cans of stolen diesel worth £6,000 has been jailed.
Tomas Staciukevicius was caught by police with his friend Marijus Mejeris in a car park with the diesel, stolen moments before from lorries belonging to brick company Hanson, in London Road, in the early hours of January 22.
The pair appeared at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday, where Staciukevicius (29), of Crawthorne Road, Peterborough, was jailed for eight months after pleading
GUILTY: Marijus Mejeris. guilty to handling stolen goods and going equipped for theft.
Mejeris (27), of Northfield Road, Peterborough, was given an eight-month jail sentence suspended for two years as well as a three-month curfew.
Cheryl Williams, prosecuting, said: “The car was filled with 19 cans of diesel, while a van nearby had 75 containers near it and 175 containers in it, all filled with diesel.
“The men said others had taken the fuel and they had been paid £200 to transport it. The loss to Hanson was £6,043.”
Miss Williams said police also found equipment used for syphoning fuel in the car, as well as keys to the van.
Defending Mejeris, Martin Lahiffe said: “He is at low risk of re-offending and has no previous convictions. He accepts his involvement and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.”
The court heard Staciukevicius had a previous conviction for handling stolen goods.
Tariq Rehman, defending Staciukevicius, said: “He has pleaded guilty to the offence, and the risk of re-offending is low. At the time he had problems gaining employment and made a decision which he regrets.”
Both Staciukevicius and Mejeris were also banned from driving for one year and Judge Nic Madge said both the car and the van should be seized.
Following the sentencing, a Hanson spokesman said: “We are aggrieved by the theft of the diesel, not only because of the effect it has had on the business but also our employees and drivers. We welcome the court’s sentence.”