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Lorry driver stole £340,000

PUBLISHED: 18:00 06 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:52 03 March 2010

A LORRY driver took advantage of transport companies leaving important details relating to the collection of containers from Felixstowe Dock pinned to office doors, to steal containers of goods worth £340,000, a court has heard.

A LORRY driver took advantage of transport companies leaving important details relating to the collection of containers from Felixstowe Dock pinned to office doors, to steal containers of goods worth £340,000, a court has heard.

Lee Cox used the information which included PIN numbers which allowed drivers access to a secure compound at Felixstowe Dock and the numbers of containers to be collected, to drive off with containers, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Two of the stolen containers carried 38 quad bikes worth a total of £208,000, another held goods worth £20,000 and another £60,000 of goods.

A further container holding £52,000 worth of jackets was recovered.

Cox, 27, of Manor Road, Romford, admitted four offences of theft and asked for one offence to be considered.

Jailing him for four years, Judge Peter Thompson said the offences had required a lot of nerve.

Rupert Overbury, prosecuting, said Cox had come into possession of information regarding containers which had been left pinned to office doors by two transport companies in Felixstowe for collection by drivers out of office hours.

He said that when Cox was arrested by police a number of false registration plates were found in the cab of his lorry.

During interviews with police Cox refused to reveal details of how he came to be in possession of the PIN numbers and details of containers.

Ailsa Williamson, for Cox, said he was not bright enough to have masterminded the thefts.

She said he had been pressurised by someone else into committing the offences and had stood to gain £400 for removing and delivering each container.

Judge Thompson made a £300 award out of public funds to a member of the public who gave information to the police which helped lead to Cox's arrest.

The name of the person was not made public because of fears of retribution.

Detective Sergeant Jeremy Curtis of Felixstowe CID said: "Obviously we are extremely pleased with the outcome of this case.

"All the hard work put in by my officers to solve these crimes has paid off.

"We used security video from the docks and in-force forensic facilities as well as liasing with other forces which led to the arrest.

"We continue to make enquiries in respect of all thefts at the docks and always liaise with dock police to try and prevent thefts occurring in the first place."


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