A Bakers Basco investigation revealed its equipment – including bread bakests and dollies – were removed without permission from various customers in Birmingham, and ended up at the unnamed plastics recycler.
The bakery equipment maker used GPS tracking chips in its equipment to follow its products to Shropshire. The plastics recycler held a “substantial amount” of Bakers Basco’s equipment, worth thousands of pounds, it claimed.
‘Stealing our equipment’
Bakers Basco general manager Steve Millward said: “Usually, when our equipment go missing, it’s because someone, like a small baker or retailer, has ‘borrowed’ it without permission. In this case, the defendants were stealing our equipment and recycling them for the value of the raw materials.
“When people steal [our equipment] like this, the bakeries that pay to license our equipment, the retailers that sell their loaves and the shoppers who rely on them for their daily bread all end up paying extra for the actions of a small number of greedy criminals.”
The plastics recycler was served with appropriate documentation and a charge for the recovery of the equipment, according to Bakers Basco. After it didn’t respond, the Shropshire firm was given a County Court judgment for £6,438.45, including the original claimed damages, plus interest, and court costs.
A number of investigations
The investigation was the latest in a number of Bakers Basco cases, spanning 12 months. Eight investigations have resulted in almost £64,000 worth of court orders handed out for costs and damages.
Bakers Basco said it would continue to track down anybody using its equipment inappropriately.
Millward said: “We will be deploying more high-tech crime fighting equipment in the future. From now on, anyone thinking about stealing or destroying our property in the future needs to understand that we will track them down, we will call in the police, and we will pursue them through the courts.”
Companies found misusing Bakers Basco equipment
- August 2017: Shropshire plastic recycler – £6,438.45
- July 2017: Windmill Bakery, Akhlaque Ahmed – £13,994.50
- May 2017: Al-Ummah Halal Poultry – £15,716
- February 2017: Anstee’s Bakery – £5,250
- December 2016: Andrew Jones Pies – £7,000
- November 2016: The Buckley Bakehouse – £5,000
- August 2016: Authentic Bite – £7,000