Adamo Canto, a former employee of Buckingham Palace, was sentenced to eight months in prison after stealing and reselling palace items, the Daily mail reports.
The former palace restoration assistant pleaded guilty to steal items worth up to $ 130,000. He earned $ 10,459 after selling 37 of the stolen items on eBay.
The stolen items included signed photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as a personalized cell phone designed for Prince Andrew.
Canto was in debt around £ 8,000 ($ 10,694) before deciding to steal and resell the items, his lawyer at Westminster Magistrates’ Court said.
A former Buckingham Palace staff member was sentenced to eight months in prison after admitting to stealing items worth up to $ 130,000 from the royal residence, the Daily mail reports.
Adamo Canto received his conviction at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on January 4 after pleading guilty to three counts of theft between November 11, 2019 and August 7, 2020.
Canto stole the items, which included signed photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Prince William and Kate Middleton, while working as a catering assistant at the Queen’s London home.
The Daily mail reports Canto made £ 7,700 ($ 10,459) after selling 37 of the stolen items on eBay, including a state banquet photo album with photos from President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK and a phone Custom Samsung laptop designed for Prince Andrew.
The role of the former palace employee has been changed to include more cleaning during the coronavirus pandemic, meaning Canto was given access to offices and other areas of the palace where he was reportedly not allowed to to be found otherwise, like the Duke of York’s store.
Canto’s defense attorney Howard Cohen told the court Canto was in debt of around £ 8,000 ($ 10,694) before deciding to steal and resell items from the palace.
“One of the difficulties he encountered in coming to London was to finance his existence. His salary at the palace was minimal and he felt it was difficult for him to maintain the lifestyle he wanted to adhere to,” said Cohen, according to the Daily. Mail. “He started trying to pay off the debts he had accumulated by living beyond his means by taking out payday loans. In no time he found himself taking out a loan to pay the interest on another loan and another and another and was racking up debts of around £ 8,000. He should have contacted his family and friends in Scarborough. “
Cohen also told the court that Canto has so far paid back £ 4,800 ($ 6,523) to the palace and that he was not initially aware of the rarity of certain items.
“He didn’t know it was a phone made especially for the Duke of York,” Cohen said.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace confirmed the report when contacted by Insider, but they declined to comment. Westminster Magistrates’ Court did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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