UK NRI, postman jailed one
year for stealing cheques and birthday gifts
Bolton, UK, May 20, 2007
NRI Dipak Patel, 33, a postman who
stole cheques and birthday gifts worth thousands of pounds was
sentenced to one year's imprisonment. He pleaded guilty to three
charges of theft.
Patel opened envelopes containing
bank cards, pin numbers and sold on for £100. It is revealed
that Patel had taken at least 106 giros, worth £14,462
County Prosecutor, Michael Maher said an investigation
was started when 5 giro cheques, worth £2,641, were missing
after being sent through the North Bolton sorting office during
October and November, 2006. All of the cheques related Patel 's
delivery "walk. "
To Trap Patel:
- On January 17, Patel's bosses saw him steal four giro envelopes
from a colleague's round and put them into his own bag
- On January 19, sevevteen packages designed to look like giros
or birthday cards were planted at the sorting office. Police and
Royal Mail investigators found all 17 parcels in his bag along
with a letter containing details of a pin number; a bank card;
Marks and Spencer vouchers worth £20 and £14 in cash.
- The police also found 34 opened envelopes, 14 mobile phone sim
cards, five bank cards and a driving licence.
Bolton Crown Court Judge Roger Warnock said, "The
public is entitled to believe they can rely on the postal service.
Your thefts have left a lot of people distressed and upset and
I hope you feel suitably ashamed, described his offences as "sheer
Patel said that after his divorce he became depressed
and began taking crack cocaine. He told police that to fund his
drug habit a £100 a day he had been targeting packages.
Dipak Patel, 33, a postman
who stole cheques
and birthday gifts worth thousands of pounds, sentenced to one year's