A man who admitted to stealing a theatre company’s van containing all the sets and costumes for a children’s touring production has been jailed.
Darius Diminskas pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal a motor vehicle at Peterborough Crown Court on June 26 and was given a custodial sentence of two years and four months.
The van, belonging to the production of Dear Zoo, was stolen in April mid-way through the show’s tour and resulted in the remaining 56 dates being cancelled and six staff losing work.
Producer Chris Davis has previously said the value of the set, costumes and puppets inside amounted to about £50,000.
Following the hearing, Davis told the BBC: “The misery that this man and his accomplices have caused stealing our van and preventing the thousands of children from seeing the Dear Zoo show and only getting two and half years in jail really doesn’t seem justice.”
The court heard how Diminskas was a “key player” in the theft, during which a tracking device was removed from the vehicle and its number plates cloned after it was stolen in central Peterborough on April 27.