UK: Student caused mass panic with explosive parcels sent in Amazon fraud plot


A student caused mass disruption and panic around the UK when he sent improvised explosives through the post as part of an elaborate fraud plot.

Ovidijus Margelis, 26, rigged packages with match heads, combustible paper, and timer devices in order for address labels to be “obliterated” while they were in transit.

He sold products such as Apple watches online, but sent empty parcels to the customer expecting to be able to claim refunds from Amazon or PayPal when the damaged package could not be delivered.

However Margelis’ plans unraveled when one device failed to ignite and a parcel reached a family home in Cricklewood, sparking an evacuation of the surrounding streets due to fears it was a fully-fledged bomb, Kingston crown court heard.

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Source: Evening Standard