Truck drivers had come up with a very lucrative ride. The judicial court of Le Havre on Monday handed down sentences ranging from ten to 24 months in prison, including four to twelve months in prison, against five men on trial for stealing 2.5 million euros worth of cosmetic products. Remanded in custody on 25 October, a distribution-delivery manager and four truck drivers from the Bolloré Logistics company, aged between 34 and 38, living in Seine-Maritime and Eure, admitted the facts.
From October 2022 to September 2023, the defendants drove their trucks from L'Oréal's warehouses, spread throughout France, and diverted the container reported as containing "sensitive products" upon arrival in Le Havre. The containers were opened and unsealed in a hangar in the city, the goods stolen, a new lead was placed and the drivers were back on the road to the port, to deliver the boxes destined to be shipped to the United States.
Hijacking a container brought in between €10,40 and €000,<>
In court, the defendants spoke of "greed" and "easy money". The president of the court, Fabrice Legras, recalled that their monthly income was around 4,000 euros. Hijacking a container could earn them between €10,000 and €40,000. The money they earned was used to buy a Porsche Cayenne, a Range Rover, while another renovated his house.
According to the cross-checks of the gendarmes of the Rouen research section, a total of 161 pallets of cosmetics and perfume were stolen between October 2022 and September 2023. According to Pascal Huchet, lawyer for Bolloré Logistics, "this is a disastrous situation for the brand image and Le Havre is no longer a safe port with these recurring flights. It's discouraging shippers and shipowners."
L'Oréal's lawyer, Céline Boisseau, deplored "damage to the image. A reputation is quickly defeated." The prosecution had asked for sentences of between 12 and 36 months, including 18 months in prison. The investigation, led by the Rouen Research Section, reinforced by the Departmental Gendarmerie Company (CGD) of Le Havre, is continuing.