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A cleaner from Derby who stole almost £80,000 of sat navs from the Toyota factory near Derby has been ordered to pay back just £600.
And the money Juris Jakimjonoks has to pay to the Burnaston-based car manufacturing giant in compensation will have to come from the sale of his car, ironically, a Toyota Avensis - built in Derbyshire.
In August the 41-year-old, of Normanton, was jailed for 10 months after pleading guilty to theft of the electronic items which he swiped from the factory floor to sell on the internet auction site eBay.
Now a second hearing, called a Proceeds of Crime Application (POCA), has seen a judge order him to pay Toyota £600 in compensation from his ill-gotten gains or face another 21 days behind bars.
Abigail Joyce, prosecuting at Derby Crown Court, said: “This is a case involving sat-nav devices that the defendant admitting to stealing when he worked as a cleaner.
“The loser here is Toyota Manufacturing UK and the defendant was handed a 10-month jail term.
“We (the prosecution and then defence) have reached an agreement and we ask that the benefit figure be set at £79,032.72.
“The available assets the defendant has, come from the value of a Toyota Avenis which was sold in October for £600.”
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At the original trial, in August, the same court was told how Jakimjonoks admitted he was “motivated by greed” when he systematically took the systems from the shelves as he walked from the office to the restaurant as part of his cleaning round.
It heard how an internal investigation at the Burnaston site in the Autumn of 2016 discovered the missing items and the police were called.
Online investigators then linked the sale of some of them to an eBay account called Peksins1976 that was being used by Jakimjonoks.
And when police raided his home, in Dickens Square, in the spring of last year, they discovered 236 brand new Toyota sat navs in his garden shed.
Jailing him for 10 months at the time, Recorder Sally Hancox said: “You had worked at Toyota for 10 years as a subcontracted cleaner but in real terms they were your employer.
“You made the foolish decision to start taking sat navs from the factory and start selling them on eBay.
“This stealing went on for approximately six months. It is clear that your confidence grew and you starting stealing greater numbers.
“You were responsible for taking £79,000 worth of equipment and that is a very serious matter.”
Following his arrest, Jakimjonoks “made full and frank admissions about what he had been doing, saying he had been motivated by greed”.
He told the police he had sold around 50 sat nav systems on eBay and had taken another 250 or so.
Umar Shahzad, mitigating, said his client carried out the thefts as his father had recently died in a road accident and his brother, who was the carer for their mother in Latvia, had lost his job.
He said: “Because of financial pressures he saw the opportunity to make extra money and took advantage of that.
“He is extremely remorseful and ashamed of what he has done.”
The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 relates to the recovery of criminal assets from people convicted of offences such as theft or drug supply.
Confiscation normally only occurs after a conviction has taken place and it aim is to deprive criminals of the use of their assets to show that crime doesn’t pay.
Jakimjonoks has three months to pay the full £600 in compensation to Toyota.
Toyota Manufacturing UK said it did not wish to comment on the case.