Former 'Amazon delivery driver' found guilty of stealing customer’s dog

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An agency driver who delivered parcels for Amazon has been found guilty of stealing a dog when he dropped off a package at a house in Buckinghamshire last April.

Levi Pislea, 22, has been given a 12 month community order and has been ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work, as well as pay costs of £705 following a trial at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court today (Tuesday 19 February).

The owner of two Miniature Schnauzers contacted Amazon on 27 April last year, when he discovered one of his dogs, Wilma, was missing following a parcel delivery. After Pislea, who had made the delivery, denied going near the owner’s garden or seeing any dogs, his manager checked an app which tracked the driver’s steps. It showed that, contrary to his claims, Pislea had walked around the outside of the house and garden.

When Pislea continued to deny having the dog, his manager went to his home address. He found Wilma there, and took her away so that she could be returned to her owner. At the time Pislea stated that he had found the dog about a mile from the house, and did not realise it was the same one that his manager had asked him about.

Andrew Morgan, for the CPS, said: “There was never any dispute that Pislea took the dog when he made his delivery; what’s been demonstrated today is that he stole it rather than found it as he claimed.

“Pislea lied when he said he hadn’t been near the garden where the dog was - a lie that was proven by the tracker data of his steps. And it is clear that the garden was secure, meaning the dog could not have got out on its own.

“Added to that, he denied any knowledge of the dog when he was directly asked about it, and made no effort to reunite it with its owner over the four days that it was in his possession; all of which indicated his intention to keep it.”

Notes to editors

  • Andrew Morgan is a District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern.
  • Levi Pislea, DOB 26 July 1996, was found guilty of theft and given a 12-month community order, as well as ordered to do 150 hours' unpaid work and pay costs of £705.
  • Pislea worked for an independent delivery service provider which delivered packages for Amazon.

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