Two men sentenced for 100,000 Pirelli tyres conspiracy

22/04/2016

Two men have today been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court for conspiracy to sell over £100,000 worth of tyres stolen from Pirelli Tyres UK in Carlisle between August 2013 and May 2015.

Mark Claxton who was employed by DHL at Pirelli Tyres conspired with a lorry driver from R Drummond Carriers in West Lothian, Graham Wait, to steal tyres and transport them to Scotland to be sold on eBay. Mark Claxton was given a two year community order and Graham Wait was given 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years with 200 hours unpaid work and he was also ordered to pay costs of 1,500.

Victoria Atkinson, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "The men were involved in a daring campaign to steal hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of tyres in order to sell them over an eight month period.

"They abused the position of trust placed in them by their employers when they each played a significant role in the conspiracy. Mark Claxton who had been employed by DHL for 14 years teamed up with a delivery driver who regularly collected orders from Pirelli to transport the stolen tyres to Scotland in order from them to be sold on 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 tyres were being sold on eBay at a far cheaper rate than the recommended retail price. They carried out a test purchase for tyres and identified them as stock stolen from the Carlisle factory.

"This case is an example to others who think that committing theft to gain large amounts of money is an easy option, they are not above the law. The CPS and police will continue to work together to bring all those who commit such offences before the courts."