A Buckingham Palace catering assistant admitted to committing a series of thefts from the Queen's residence
A Buckingham Palace employee admitted to committing a series of thefts
Adamo Canto, 37, has worked as a kitchen assistant at Buckingham Palace since 2015
He stole royal memorabilia worth £ 100,000 between 2019 and 2020
He has sold some on eBay
Arrested and summoned Canto, from North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty
A former Buckingham Palace employee confessed to committing a series of thefts from the Queen's residence. Adamo Canto, 37, pleaded guilty to the Westminster Judiciary on three counts of theft between 11 November 2019 and 7 August 2020. Police found a "significant amount" of stolen items in his quarters at the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Canto, of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, will be sentenced to Southwark Crown Court at a later date.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Canto's role had been changed to include more cleanup. This offered him access to offices and other areas that would not normally have been granted. “Some of the stolen goods, worth between £ 10,000 and £ 100,000, have been put up for sale on eBay. He has sold a total of 37 items well below their true value, ”attorney Simon Maughan said.
A considerable booty
Among the various stolen goods was a photo album of a royal state banquet of United States President Donald Trump's visit to the United Kingdom, valued at £ 1,500, as well as some official photographs signed by the Dukes of Sussex and the Dukes of Cambridge.
About 77 items were taken from the palace shop, while others were stolen from places such as staff lockers, the Queen's Gallery shop and the Duke of York's warehouse. Canto also stole a Royal Victorian Order Commander's Medal from the locker of former British Army Officer Maj Gen Richard Sykes, awarded to him by the Queen in 2010. District Judge Alexander Jacobs released Canto on bail and warned him of a possible prison sentence.