An employee at a Northampton building supplier made a profit of more than £31,000 selling stolen thermostats from his workplace on eBay.
Michael Griffin, aged 46, of Lower Thrift Street in Abington, Northampton, stole 351 thermostats from Travis Perkins on the Brackmills industrial estate between May 1, 2011 and April 26, 2013.
He appeared in Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday charged with four counts of theft. He admitted the offences and pleaded guilty to the charges.
Griffin, who had worked for the building and construction supply company since January 2011, was given a 10- month sentence and was ordered to serve half in custody.
Prosecuting, Alex Bull said Griffin’s job involved putting goods on shelves and this gave him the opportunity to steal the thermostats.
Griffin made £31,012.21 selling the thermostats online with the company reporting total losses of £43,499.62 from the theft of the items.
The court heard Griffin used the money to pay off debts and on living costs.
The defence told the court Griffin had ‘problems’ and had been gambling at the time of the theft.
Judge Rupert Mayo told Griffin: “This theft was systematic as you had the means to access goods that you knew would sell. In one sense what you were doing was stealing to order.
“A message has to go out to people in trusted environments like this.”