Thirty-three-year-old Dewaldt Hermann began to pilfer large wireless routers from his office a few months after starting work in late 2010, Swindon Crown Court was told.
Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, said that when police searched the garage at Hermann’s Peregrine Road home, they found more property stolen from his employers at Nokia Siemens.
She added that he was found out after he left a computer at the office in Kembrey Park, Swindon, logged on to the online auction site and when a colleague went to use the machine they found a list of property belonging to the company being offered for sale.
Ms Hingston said that, as well the routers which had already netted Hermann more than £6,000, they found more in his garage.
Hermann, who has no previous convictions, admitted one charge of theft.
David Maunder, defending, said his client was struggling financially at the time he stole the items.
He said Hermann was married with two teenage step children and the family finances suffered when his wife had to go part time at work.
The routers were being stored in an office at the building where he worked, he said, after breaking down and being removed from business premises such as coffee shops.
Believing they were to be dumped he said Hermann took them and, after refurbishing them, sold them online.
He said his client started a new job last September with IT solutions company 2E2 and was the main breadwinner in the family.
Passing sentence, Judge Euan Ambrose said “The items that you stole had a variety of different fates. Some were repaired, refurbished and sold on eBay. In fact your work had affect and they were sold at a greater value than they would have been worth. Some you still had in your garage.
“The total value was £7,067: that valuation reflects the fact that the items you stole were not new items that could be sold to consumers. They were non working routers that had been returned to the company because they weren’t working.”
He imposed a one year community order and told him to complete 300 hours of community service.
Because the branch of the company he had worked for had folded he heard they did not seek compensation but he ordered him to pay £725 costs.