A parking valet at Manchester Airport who stole valuable items from customers’ cars has avoided going to jail.
Mirosla Maciag was investigated by police after reports of customers having items such as sunglasses, cash and an iPad taken from their vehicles.
To find the culprit, officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) planted £25 cash in an Audi and dropped it off at the airport. The money was found when the 56-year-old valet was searched, having pocketed the notes.
Police then carried out a raid on his home, where they discovered a number of stolen valuables, including several pairs of sunglasses.
Maciag, of Tangmere Avenue, Heywood, appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court charged with stealing items from four cars.
He pleaded guilty and was handed an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, as well as pay a total of £200 in costs and surcharges.
A spokesman for Manchester Airport told PA: “We take all reports of crime on the airport site seriously and, in this instance, we worked with GMP after reports of thefts from vehicles.
“Following a joint operation, Mirosla Maciag was apprehended, and we welcome his successful prosecution.”
Maciag wasn’t employed by Manchester Airport but by third-party agency Contact Industrial Recruitment, which issued a statement after the case, saying: “We assisted Manchester Airport with its investigations and the employee in question had his contract terminated with immediate effect.”