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SACKED: Wolverhampton Council worker 'stole new laptops and sold them on eBay'

By Jack Averty | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A Wolverhampton Council worker has been sacked after allegedly stealing electronic items from the authority and selling them online under a fake name.

Wolverhampton Council has sacked a member of staff

The 31-year-old, who is believed to have been a supervisor in the council's ICT department, has also been arrested .

He has been released pending further inquiries by West Midlands Police.

The worker, who is said to have worked in IT at the authority for more than nine years, five of which as a support desk supervisor, was arrested on February 2. He has been bailed until next month.

Wolverhampton Council confirmed it had dismissed an employee following an investigation but declined to comment further due to the ongoing police investigation.

Spokesman Tim Clark said: "We can confirm that following a disciplinary investigation, an employee has been dismissed from their role at City of Wolverhampton Council.

"We are unable to provide any further comment due to an ongoing police investigation.”

Arrest

West Midlands Police confirmed a 31-year-old man had been arrested and then later released on suspicion of theft from an employer.

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Spokeswoman Sharn Braich said: "A 31-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of theft from an employer in Wolverhampton, has been released pending further investigation as enquiries continue."

The force also confirmed that the location of the alleged offences was Wolverhampton's Civic Centre, where the city council is based, and that the employee was arrested on February 2.

A file is currently with the CPS for consideration on whether the former council worker should be charged with theft, with a decision due early next month.

The Express & Star understands the employee was sacked from his post for allegedly stealing brand new electronic devices – such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets – and selling them online via auction site eBay using an alias.

Jack Averty

By Jack Averty
Senior Reporter - @javerty_star

Reporter with the Express & Star, based at head office in Wolverhampton

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