Men sen­tenced for diesel theft

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Pt­stephenb

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.”

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