A rogue cleaner stole property that passengers had accidentally left behind at an airport.
Paul Mark Taylor was employed by Derichebourg Multiservices Limited, a global multiservices company, at Newcastle International Airport for six years and among his duties was cleaning aircraft after they’d landed.
But, in 2012, the 49-year-old started to help himself to possessions that unsuspecting passengers had left behind as they disembarked their flights.
It wasn’t until October 2013 that Taylor’s deceit began to be uncovered and, by that time, the father-of-one had a small stash of stolen goods, including iPods and an Amazon Kindle.
He was finally caught when Amazon traced the Kindle to his house at Riverside Avenue, Guidepost, and it was subsequently searched by police, who also found the other stolen items.
Taylor was charged with three counts of theft by finding and one of theft by employee and pleaded guilty to all offences at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.
David Thompson, prosecuting, told the court Taylor’s actions had been a breach of trust.
He said: “It was a situation where items were left by passengers on flights at Newcastle Airport. Passengers became aware they had left the items and tried to trace them by contacting the airport or airlines but they couldn’t be found.”
Mark Humble, defending, told the court Taylor had never been in trouble before. He said: “He has found numerous items over his time working and has handed them in appropriately. But he did take these items and he realises it was a stupid thing to do.” Taylor, who resigned from his job, was fined £400. A spokesperson for the airport said: “We take any issues of theft very seriously. We have invested significantly in security processes and work closely with Northumbria Police on a daily basis for the benefit of passengers.