A man has been convicted of stealing nearly 200,000 chocolate eggs, worth around £40,000 ($48,000), in what British police have dubbed an “eggs-travagent theft.” Joby Pool, 32, pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday to criminal damage and theft, West Mercia Police said in a statement.The chocolate was recovered when Pool was stopped by highway police on Saturday, the force said.
According to PA Media, prosecutor Owen Beale said: “This clearly wasn’t spur-of-the-moment offending, if I can put it like that, because he had taken with him a tractor unit and he had to know that the load was there in the first place. It’s clearly a leading role and it’s clearly significant planning.”
Pool’s solicitor John McMillan told the court: “He stopped the vehicle when he realized he was being followed. He realized that the game was up – he realized the police were behind him and pulled in when it was safe to do so. He wasn’t offering any resistance and he was then arrested. Shortly after the theft a vehicle, presumably purporting to be the Easter bunny, was stopped northbound on the M42 and a 32 year old man was arrested on suspicion of theft.”
my deep thoughts on this case:
i do love these, but one or five are generally enough to make me happy for a year.
i also love true crime and find this fascinating
i wonder why he chose cadbury chocolate eggs as his loot
(though i do admire his choice)
i wonder what would the easter bunny have done without these
i wonder if there is a thriving black market for this merch
it seems an odd crime, but then, most crime is odd by the very nature of it.
“he who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.”
source credits: ianne kolorin, london cnn, pa media