A stand-up comedian stole books from his day job in a publisher’s warehouse, in order to sell them on eBay. Gary Little worked as a forklist truck driver in HarperCollins’ Glasgow warehouse. The books he stole included valuable limited editions; as a friend commented “many of them commanded premium retail prices. So when they were offered cut-price on the internet, there was still good money to be made.”
Little traded on eBay under the ID skech20, and looks like he was a model seller – if not exactly a model employee – until he was caught in February 2005. Police estimate that he made around Â£100,000 from the proceeds of this threfts. Around Â£60,000 went through his PayPal account, and he also took other methods of payment. The scam was discovered when police raided Little’s flat after an investigation at the warehouse. He pleaded guilty this month at Glasgow Sheriff Court.