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Bodyshop technician loses job and gets community service after theft of parts

A bodyshop technician who stole parts from a credit hire car has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service.

Alexander Keating of Upton Lane, Widnes, was also fired from his job at Blue Bell Group's bodyshop in Wilmslow after an investigation found he'd swapped parts from the credit hire Audi A3 loaned by Accident Exchange for those from his own much older Audi S3.

He'd used the workshop of his employer to carry out the swap in July 2013 after his mother damaged her car in an accident and hired the A3.

He was caught when the mismatch of parts was identified and police and Accident Exchange's own anti-fraud team, APU, were notified.

Keating had pleaded guilty to theft at the first opportunity, the court was told.

At Warrington Crown Court last month, Keating was sentenced to community service and ordered to pay £2004 compensation to Accident Exchange, £535 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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