A crook has been jailed for helping to steal more than £40,000-worth of equipment from Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant.
Alexander Sands was locked up after a consignment of compressors were taken in what a court heard was an “inside job” in May last year.
The 39-year-old, of Hay Barnes Road, Small Heath, was jailed for a total of two years and nine months after admitting theft. He was handed another month’s jail time for failing to surrender to bail.
Ian Ball, prosecuting, said Sands collected the compressors after a member of staff “placed them in an agreed place” and they were put into the back of a rented lorry by someone using a forklift truck.
“This must have been an inside job, with some member of staff in on it,” said Mr Ball.
Sands – who has more than 50 previous convictions – was rumbled when CCTV checks led investigators to the hire company, where it emerged he had rented it under his own name and his driving documents.
Kevin Grego, defending, argued that, despite the retail value of the compressors, the cost to Land Rover had been around £13,400.
And of Sands’ role, he said: “He is someone who has had drug problems.
“It is pretty clear that he is most likely the patsy at the bottom of the food chain.”
Jailing Sands, Judge Alan Parker told him: “You were an integral participant in a sophisticated theft from commercial premises of valuable items.
“I am satisfied there must have been at least one other person involved.
“It is clear someone who had access to the inside of the compound had identified the property to be stolen and had placed it in readiness for your arrival.
“I am satisfied you rented the van specifically for the purpose of going to Jaguar Land Rover and stealing that property.”