Men found guilty of stealing 600 cases of cigarettes from Southampton Warehouse

03/11/2011

Three men were convicted and sentenced today at Southampton Crown Court of conspiracy to steal 600 cases of cigarettes from Macintyre Scott and Co Warehouse, on the Western Dock in Southampton on 7 June 2010

Following the sentence, Gavin Sumpter, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "This case bears all the hallmarks of a classic criminal conspiracy and today the jury at Southampton Crown Court has found guilty three defendants in this case of conspiracy to steal.

"Andrew Badland and his co-conspirators probably thought that they had devised the perfect scheme when they stole a lorry full of 600 cases of cigarettes from Macintyre Scott and Co Warehouse in Southampton. Those cigarettes would have fetched a value of £900,000 on the black market.

"The jury heard that Andrew Badland was the ringleader of this organised criminal gang, and he and is team carefully and meticulously planned this theft.

"Like one sees in crime movies, each of the defendants had a precise role and the execution of the theft could not have been possible without and inside man, Robert Foulger.

Foulger had a company called Bluefin Transport and was contacted by one of the regular freight haulier, which was not able to collect the delivery from the Warehouse. He had worked from them in the past and they had no reasons to suspect him of any criminal activities.

Mr Sumpter said: "Foulger, cleverly said that he could not do the delivery and arranged for another company that he sub-contracted, to do the job. This allowed him to get hold of the consignment codes, which related to that load.

"He and Badland knew exactly that being in possession of these codes would make the collection appeared as legitimate. They then arranged for an HGV to be stolen and on 7 June 2010, collected the cigarettes as if they were the lawful haulier.

"The mechanics of this theft was so well planned that the Warehouse only became aware of the con, and alerted the police when the lawful haulier later arrived to collect the delivery.

"We carefully considered all the evidence in this case brought to us by Hampshire Constabulary and we were satisfied that there was sufficient evidence to charge each of the defendants with conspiracy to steal.

"This case should serve as a warning to any criminal gang who may think that they have set up the perfect plan that would allow them to escape from a prosecution."

 Mark Ball, Stephen Pink and James Kelleher were acquitted and the jury could not reach a decision on Mark Juniper. We have told the court that we will go for a re-trial for this defendant.

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  2. Andrew Badland, Kevin Barry Burgess, Mark Robert Ball, Robert Foulger, James Gerard Kelleher, Stephen Pink and Mark Juniper were all  charged with conspiracy to steal under section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.  
  3. Andrew Badland received a seven year sentence and was described by the judge as the ringleader.  
  4. Kevin Burgess received a five year sentence and was described as Badlands right hand man.
  5. Robert Foulger, the inside man also received five years
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