A Hemel Hempstead driver dumped mobile phones he was supposed to deliver in a garage.

The 26-year-old, who was working for UK Mail, sold some of the phones and gave two of them away to his friends.

But, St Albans crown court heard Friday 16th October, he had now got his life in order and has begun a successful career as an estate agent.

The Hemel Hempstead man pleaded guilty to theft between 1 September 2014 and 14 February 2015.

The phones he stole were worth £11,138,89 but only £10,000 worth have been recovered.

Andrew Morton, defending, said his benefit from the theft was £2,000, but UK Mail still owed him £4,500 in wages.

Of 53 mobiles that should have been delivered to O2 all but two were recovered from a garage. He gave the other two to friends. He sold 6 other phones.

“He was in a position of trust, but not a high position of trust”, he said.

Mr Morton said his client was of previous good character and had made a promising start to his new career as an estate agent.

Judge John Plumstead fined him £1,000 and ordered him to carry out 120 hours’ unpaid work.

The judge told him: “You let your employers down badly and indulged in dishonesty, laziness and deceit”. You just faked records to make it look as if you had made deliveries. It was a serious breach of trust.”