Drug addict ‘stole cosmetics to order’ in eBay selling ring

Radoslaw Ozgowicz has been jailed
Radoslaw Ozgowicz has been jailed

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COCAINE addict Radoslaw Ozgowicz has been jailed after he stole hundreds of cosmetics from a laboratory and sold them to a couple who made thousands on eBay.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the 36-year-old would take up to 50 items a day while working for Estee Lauder.

It comes as couple Dariusz Suski, 32, and Joanna Lazarska, 33, were jailed after their home – dubbed an Aladdin’s Cave – was raided and police found thousands of Estee Lauder and Clarins items.

Judge Sarah Munro QC jailed Ozgowicz for two years.

Sentencing Ozgowicz, of Copnor Road, she said: ‘You were stealing products during your breaks and hiding them.

‘You, at the time, initially sold some of those items through eBay but very quickly you were selling directly to Suski and Lazarska.

‘You estimated that about 70 per cent of the products you sold to them were stolen.

‘On the figures, in fact, it must have been a far higher figure.’

Judge Munro added he received at least £62,000 from Suski and Lazarska, of St Ronan’s Road, Southsea, who had 11,000 items at their home. She added: ‘You were clearly a supplier of a significant quantity of those products. Although you dispute this, you were in effect stealing to order.’

The manufacturing operative pleaded guilty to a count of theft and of conspiring to transfer and convert criminal property in November 2011.

He stole the items between January 2011 and September 11, 2013. At an earlier hearing the court was told he was often on drugs at work.

Some of the items he took were from the Estee Lauder shop and others were damaged and not due for sale at their normal retail price.

The court heard his guilty plea helped secure a conviction against Suski and Lazarska by proving the items they were selling were stolen.

Barry McElduff, defending, said Ozgowicz was in debt and he now shows genuine remorse for his crime.

He said: ‘The reason why he committed these offences was because he developed an addiction to cocaine and amphetamine, and then was trying, first of all, to gamble his way out of trouble.

‘When that didn’t work he turned to crime.

‘He has managed to overcome his addiction to drugs.’

Mr McElduff told the court Ozgowicz has debts of £15,000.

Suski was jailed for four years and Lazarska for two years at an earlier hearing.

They both denied conspiring to handle stolen goods and converting criminal property but were found guilty at trial.

The pair had a supplier network stretching across the country and police said the pair made £350,000.