A thief has been jailed after he stole thousands of pounds worth of gold by hacking into a company computer system from his Canary Wharf home.
Adam Penny, 25, hid one of his laptops in the toilet at his lavish apartment in a bid to stop detectives discovering his operation.
The hacker stole the names, addresses and parcel tracking numbers of customers who were waiting for deliveries of gold bullion, which he passed on to three other men who acted as interceptors.
He sent the three thieves to wait outside of the addresses to interrupt the gold deliveries.
The group stole, or attempted to steal, six packages of gold with an estimated value of more than £88,000, which they then sold to an unsuspecting London jeweller.
When police raided Penny’s home after he was arrested, they found six iPhones and two MacBooks – one which was found in the toilet cistern.
The devices contained Penny’s instructions to the interceptors, as well as showing he had even tried to blackmail the gold bullion trading company for £50,000.
Penny, of West Tower, Pan Peninsula Square, was arrested in June last year and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and computer misuse at Kingston Crown Court.
He was convicted of conspiracy to steal, unauthorised access to a computer and blackmail and was jailed for five years and four months.
Detective Constable Matt Burke, of the Met Police’s cyber crime team, said: “Penny hacked into the computers of the company and got others to intercept the gold packages for him.
“When even this wasn’t enough for his lavish lifestyle, he blackmailed the company for £50,000.
“At the time of his arrest Penny was living in a luxury apartment in the Canary Wharf area, despite having no paid employment that we could identify.”
At one point Penny sent the interceptors to an address in Newcastle where they failed to intercept the gold delivery because the postman knew the victim and refused to hand over the parcel.
The three men also sentenced for conspiracy to steal for their role in intercepting the deliveries were Joshua Wilkins, 25, of Burns Road; Nour Mansouri, 24, of Hanley Road; and Daniel William Rabbitte, 25, of Stanley Road in Hornchurch, Essex.
Wilkins was jailed for 22 months, Mansouri was given 200 hours of community service and ordered to pay £1,000 and Rabbitte was given an 18 months jail sentence suspended for two years.
Detective Inspector Sanjiv Gohil, of the Cyber Crime Unit, said: “This case highlights the importance of robust cyber security systems for businesses and particularly those with an on-line presence.
“In this case the breach was reported to the police and we were able to investigate and bring Penny to justice, without further compromise to the company and their customers.”