WORLD Harry Potter studio tour worker sentenced for stealing magical merchandise

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Harry Potter studio tour worker sentenced for stealing magical merchandise

Xinhua

20:45, January 04, 2020

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LONDON, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- A man who worked at the Harry Potter film studio tour has been sentenced for stealing  merchandise worth almost 37,000 pounds (about 48,431 U.S. dollars ), British media reported Saturday.

Adam Hill was sentenced to 14 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and 250 hours unpaid work, after he was found guilty of stealing wands, ties, badges, key rings and other items from the Warner Bros Studio Tour stockroom.

He was caught after colleagues noticed the items piling up under his desk.

Using eBay, the 36-year-old managed to sell 1,040 items sold at The Making Of Harry Potter, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the films' production.

Hill initially shipped the items to buyers through the Post Office and later his work post room, according to the reports.

Hertfordshire Police searched Hill's home in Cambridgeshire and seized the Harry Potter items along with envelopes and packaging. Twelve additional parcels of merchandise ready to be posted to eBay buyers were also found in his car.

Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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