Jail for se­cu­rity guards who stole £200k of goods UPS in­stalled se­cret cam­eras to catch staff

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Paul Beard Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

MORE than £200,000 worth of iPhones and goods were stolen from a UPS dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre near Tam­worth by its own se­cu­rity guards.

The crooked staff were so brazen that they drove out with whole boxes of phones and then bragged on so­cial me­dia about how easy it was.

But the net fi­nally closed after covert se­cu­rity cam­eras cap­tured two guards, Mo­hammed Miah and Jaleel Khan, shift­ing con­sign­ments of iPhones ready for them to be taken.

Miah, 43, of Tot­ten­ham Cres­cent, King­stand­ing, was jailed for four-and-a-half years after plead­ing guilty at War­wick Crown Court to two charges of theft.

Khan, 30, of Cor­po­ra­tion Street, Wal­sall, was jailed for two years and ten months after he ad­mit­ted one theft charge.

Soy­fur Rah­man, 38, of Ad­der­s­ley Gardens, Salt­ley, also ad­mit­ted a sin­gle theft charge and was jailed for 21 months.

And Mo­hammed Aa­mar, 28, of Swin­don Road, Edg­bas­ton, was jailed for 13 months after he pleaded guilty to re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty from his crooked col­leagues.

Prose­cu­tor Rus­sell Pyne said all four men were work­ing as se­cu­rity guards at the UPS dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre at the Birch Cop­pice Busi­ness Park in Dor­don, near Tam­worth, which han­dles 200,000 pack­ages a day.

Be­cause of losses from the cen­tre in 2015, covert se­cu­rity cam­eras were in­stalled in key places.

CCTV showed Miah and Khan on one week­end in Au­gust 2015 mov­ing boxes in an area they had no rea­son to go to.

UPS se­cu­rity spe­cial­ist El­lis Gro­cock said five boxes, each con­tain­ing 70 iPhones, des­tined for Voda­fone and Car­phone Ware­house, were stolen that week­end.

Asked what con­clu­sion he could draw from a sin­gle phone from a box be­ing found at a de­fen­dant’s home, he replied: “That the whole box would have been taken.”

He ex­plained that if a sin­gle phone had been taken from a box, it would be spot­ted straight away at UPS or by the cus­tomer that it was miss­ing – but the loss of a whole box would not come to light so quickly.

Both Miah and Rah­man had en­tered their pleas on the ba­sis that they had not stolen as much as the pros­e­cu­tion al­leged.

Dur­ing a ‘trial of is­sue’ the court heard that when Miah was ar­rested, 29 iPhones were found in a van on his drive and an­other two in his home – of which 27 could be proved to have come from one of six stolen pack­ages. He also had a large quan­tity of other items, in­clud­ing cloth­ing and cos­met­ics, at his home, in the van and in a stor­age unit he rented.

A to­tal of 535 stolen items worth £3,753 were found at Khan’s home, and goods worth £7,476 at Rah­man’s home.

All three men had been sell­ing the stolen phones and other items on eBay and other sale sites, and Aa­mar re­ceived stolen goods worth about £1,300 from them which he then sold.

Miah claimed he had stolen only 57 phones dur­ing the course of his em­ploy­ment.

But Judge An­thony Pot­ter said he was sat­is­fied he had had ac­cess to ‘an ever-in­creas­ing amount’ of iPhones – boast­ing on so­cial me­dia about hav­ing 150 at one stage.

“He was tak­ing full ad­van­tage of his po­si­tion to abuse it,” com­mented the judge, who said that other mes­sages in­di­cated Miah hav­ing a 60-40 split with Khan.

“I am quite sat­is­fied Mr Miah was the leader, and I am sat­is­fied he took at least 50 per cent of each con­sign­ment. I find he was re­spon­si­ble for steal­ing a to­tal of 555 phones worth £189,055.”

He re­jected Rah­man’s con­tention that he had stolen ten in­di­vid­ual phones, find­ing that he had at least 20 phones from one con­sign­ment.

> Mo­hammed Miah

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