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Holden worker jailed over engine theft

Holden worker who helped steal engines from the car maker's Adelaide plant has been jailed for at least two years and six months.

Jason Paul Walton, 41, pleaded guilty in the District Court to two counts of theft, related to his role in a scheme involving the resale of stolen parts from the Holden factory in Elizabeth.

The court heard on Tuesday that Walton received at least $10,000 for helping to steal 40 V8 and V6 engines, worth a total of more than $60,000, between 2010 and 2012.

Walton, a maintenance worker at the Elizabeth plant, informed another party by text messages when the parts were available to be picked up.

Judge Steven Millsteed accepted that Walton was not the architect of the scheme, which existed before he became involved.

But Walton's conduct represented a "grave breach" of his employer's trust, the judge said.

He jailed Walton for six years, but said he would grant him a relatively low non-parole period of two years and six months in recognition of his contrition and good character.

The judge suspended an 18-month term he imposed on Michelle Carol Rose, 38, who pleaded guilty to nine counts of money laundering.

Rose withdrew a total of $224,000 from a personal bank account over a period of nine months.

Judge Millsteed said Rose played a relatively minor role in the scheme and did not profit directly but clearly knew the money was tainted.

He also suspended a 14-month jail term imposed on Darren Charles Thorne, 42, who admitted one count of money laundering.

Thorne, who ran an engineering business, stored nine stolen V8 engines at his workshop and helped to move them onto a truck.
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