Couple convicted of selling stolen plumbing parts online


A manger of a heating and plumbing business in Walsall has today been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years and to do 200 hours of unpaid work at Wolverhampton Crown Court after he had admitted to stealing various items of stock from the business and selling them online via eBay.

On 13 June 2014, Stephen Mosedale, 27, from Brownhills, Walsall, pleaded guilty to theft. His wife, Rebecca Mosedale, 25, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and was today given a community order for 12 months and to do 140 hours of unpaid work.

Following a routine audit check, the regional security manager for the company discovered that the defendant had been stealing various items of stock over a period of six months.

The matter was referred to the police who discovered that Mosedale and his wife were selling the items online using both their eBay accounts.

Sean Kyne, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Stephen Mosedale breached his position of trust and stole various plumbing items from the store where he was a manager. With the assistance of his wife they sold the items online.

"In total, the couple generated sales of £8,266.52. The actual cost price to the company of those items was £15,067.75. The police were able to recover £2,500 in cash and stock of £2,500 from the defendants.

"The CPS will now take steps to recover the remainder of the amount stolen."