Information was supplied from an employee to our client in Manchester stating that the nightshift was stealing product out of the warehouse.
14 years of experience has shown that is best not to ignore information that is supplied from employees. Company management were keen to establish if the theft was genuine and if it was, who was involved. The information given be the employee was as follows: that one pallet per month was being stolen, with a value of £26,000.
A viewing was made of the location, in the area where the thefts were taking place and we decided to conduct an observation operation from the undergrowth. This provided a clear view to the external side rear doors and the rear compound of the factory from where the product was being removed.
Our team of military officers were dug into the undergrowth overlooking the rear compound and over a period of seven days, during the night shift, observed the product being removed and placed into the private vehicles of the nightshift employees.
All of the evidence was covertly recorded. Subsequent enquiries identified the stolen product being sold on various well-known websites. Test purchases (and the collection of the product) were then made by Expert Investigations Group, which were covertly recorded so to identify the employees selling the stolen product.
The evidence was handed to the client and the Police were informed. The employees were dealt with via the disciplinary process and also the criminal justice system.