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Man admits to selling tools stolen from his boss on eBay

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 01, 2014

AN employee has admitted stealing £3,000 worth of tools from his boss and selling them on eBay under the username of "mybossisanumpty".

Kevin Smith has been charged with the theft of £16,213.59 of goods from Norman Precision but said he stole less than that during his scam.

The 54-year-old will face a Newton hearing at Gloucester Crown Court, expected to last a day on March 11 to establish the total of the theft.

He pleaded guilty on the basis he took just £3,000 worth of industrial drills and tools between May 15, 2010 and August 17, 2013. Prosecutor Janine Wood told the court Smith of The Bassetts, Cashes Green in Stroud admitted theft but not to the extent of the prosecution's case.

She said: "There is a substantial difference in the basis of plea.

"He says that other tools that he sold on eBay were bought at a car boot sale, which is clearly not accepted by the prosecution."

Defending Stephen Ritter said Smith accepted he stole approximately £3,000 worth of goods before putting them on the popular internet auction site. Judge Jamie Tabor QC warned Smith that if he was found to have taken the amount the prosecution alleged at the hearing, he would lose most of his credit for his guilty plea.

The hearing is likely to last all day.

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