Deliveryman accused of stealing £73k worth of luxury cakes from boutique New York bakery

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A deliveryman has been accused of stealing nearly $90,000 (£73,000) worth of handmade cakes from a boutique New York bakery used by Oprah and Martha Stewart.

David Lliviganay, 32, allegedly stole 1,020 cakes which retail up to $90 (£73) apiece from his employer Lady M Confections’ over four months.

He worked at the shop for two years and was caught on camera almost two dozen times sneaking out with black bags, believed to be packed with cakes, according to a lawsuit filed in Queens civil court.

Lady M learned of the alleged theft when it was told unauthorised dealers were selling them cheap, according to the New York Times.

This sparked an investigation that caught Lliviganay on CCTV with Wi-Fi log-in records placing him at the scene of all the crimes, according to a lawsuit.

Court papers allege he had been stealing regularly from November 2018 to February this year, with 357 cakes worth a total of $31,238 (£25,340) swiped in January alone.

According to the suit, as the police started their investigation Lliviganay told his bosses he was going on holiday on Valentine’s Day and never came back. He was officially fired a month later.

He has already pleaded guilty to petit larceny and will be sentenced at Queens Criminal Court on September 24, but the new civil lawsuit has now reportedly been filed by the patisserie owners.

His sister, Daisy Lliviganay told the New York Post: “They just made something up and charged him for it.”

Lady M said on its website: “Lady M takes great responsibility and pride when shipping our cakes to you.

“Every order is hand-packed and handled with care so that it will arrive to your door in mint condition.

“Lady M is not responsible for lost or stolen packages.”

The company is seeking full repayment for the confections “plus interest” as well as punitive damages for “malicious” behaviour.

Lady M began in 2002 and opened its first store in New York in 2004.

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