Ford Avon Lake Employee Charged with Theft of Tire Sensors
Parts Sold Worldwide, Supply Disruption Halted Production
It would seem stealing a half-million dollars’ worth of parts and selling them online might not be a great idea, especially if you’re employed at the plant you stole them from. However, that didn’t stop Joseph Jankulovich from doing that at Ford’s Avon Lake assembly plant near Cleveland. According to a report from Cleveland’s local ABC affiliate station, Jankulovich stole between 5,000 and 8,000 tire-pressure monitoring sensors from the plant. The sensors were sold on eBay and sent out around the world, with customers as far away as Germany.
The sheer quantity of the missing sensors caused a manufacturing disruption at the plant, forcing Ford to air-freight replacement components from Michigan to allow production to resume. The sensors have an approximate retail value of $100. However, Jankulovich was selling them online for between $10 and $20. The sudden shortage of the sensors tipped plant managers that something might be amiss and prompted management to contact the police. Investigators then made several covert purchases of the tire sensors and were able to trace the origin back to Jankulovich.
The Avon Lake Plant builds the new Ford F-650 and F-750 Super Duty medium-duty truck models and the E-Series cutaway vans.
Source: Newsnet 5 Cleveland