The man who stole 200,000 Cadbury Creme Eggs has had his sentencing postponed

The man who stole 200,000 Cadbury Creme Eggs has had his sentencing postponed

Joby Pool faces jail time if convicted (Image: PA)

A man who stole 200,000 Cadbury Creme eggs could face further charges for stealing a £100,000 lorry cab, a court has heard.

Joby Pool, 32, broke into an industrial facility in Telford, Shropshire, using a metal mill on February 11 before driving away with more than £31,000 worth of chocolate treats.

He used a tractor unit, which was stolen in the Yorkshire area in October, to tow the trailer, Shrewsbury Crown Court heard.

The stolen treats were then driven northbound onto the M42, where Pool later surrendered by approaching police “with his hands raised” near Junction 11.

RETRANSMITTED FOR IMPROVED QUALITY Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Joby Pool appearing in the dock of Telford Magistrates' Court, Shropshire, after he admitted to two counts of theft and one of criminal damage after being stopped driving a stolen lorry on the M42 had been. Pool, 32, from Tingley, West Yorkshire, broke into a building in Telford, Shropshire with a grinder before stealing a trailer containing nearly 200,000 Cadbury Creme Eggs. Picture date: Tuesday March 14, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Eggs. Photo credit should read: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Court artist sketch of Joby Pool appearing in the dock at Telford Magistrates’ Court (Image: PA)

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Cadbury's Creme Eggs move down the production line at Cadbury's Bournville Manufacturing Plant on December 15, 2009 in Birmingham, England. The historical pastry chef faces a hostile offer from the food company Kraft. Workers and members of the Unite union held a meeting today urging shareholders to oppose the sale and keep the company in British hands. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

He made off with £31,000 worth of Cadbury Creme Eggs (Picture: Getty)

Pool had been warned he faces about two years in prison after pleading guilty to theft and vandalism.

However, his sentencing hearing was delayed after his attorney, Kevin Jones, asked for an adjournment to allow a “final decision” to be made on whether he would face further charges.

The judge, Recorder Nicholas Bacon KC, granted the request, saying: ‘If there is a likelihood of further charges arising from the incident, I believe this should be heard and investigated before the sentencing court’s rulings on the matter.’

Pool, who wears a gray Adidas track top, has also been told a different judge will hear the case on March 28.

In a series of tweets published two days after the theft, West Mercia Force said of the offence: “West Mercia Police helped save Easter for Creme Egg fans after nearly 200,000 of the chocolate treats went out stolen from a unit at Stafford Park in Telford.

“The Egg Travagent theft took place on Saturday February 11th with the chocolate collection box estimated to be worth around £40,000. In addition to the Creme Eggs, a number of other types of chocolate were also stolen.

“Shortly after the theft, a vehicle believed to be the Easter Bunny was stopped on the northbound M42 and a man arrested on suspicion of theft.”

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Market Drayton station responded to the news that the transport had been recovered and told police that everyone involved had done an excellent job.

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