A Sheffield lorry driver has been jailed for stealing almost £50,000 worth of cheese, chicken drumsticks and fish.
Timothy Green, aged 46 and of Springwell Crescent in Beighton, has been jailed for 18 months over three thefts.
Green admitted stealing quantities of fish worth around £13,000 from a lorry he was driving in September 2013. He also admitted stealing £5,700 worth of chicken drumsticks in October 2013 and nearly £29,000 worth of cheese in November 2013.
On each occasion, Green took the items while transporting the goods to and from businesses and ports/freight terminals.
Each shipping container was checked before it left one location and upon arrival at its destination but substantial quantities were found to be missing.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Thomas Ryan said: “This has been a three-year investigation into substantial thefts of goods from a number of locations and businesses across the country.
“Theft is not a victimless crime and Green stole significant quantities of popular items, which could have had a devastating impact on the businesses that were expecting these shipments.
“We have worked tirelessly over three years to bring this case before the courts and I hope this demonstrates that we will doggedly pursue those who break the law.”