An evangelical church leader who stole more than 100 mobile phones because ”mystic forces” told him to has walked free from court.
Oddball Vanie Loue, 52, pinched 140 phones worth £3,500 from a postal sorting office where he worked.
The father-of-two was caught by hidden video cameras at the post office which had been installed by suspicious bosses.
Officers raided his flat in Coventry and found dozens of mobile phones along with jewellery and computer games.
On Friday Loue, originally from the Ivory Coast, admitted theft at Coventry Crown Court.
He was given a nine month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to complete 160 hours of unpaid work.
Sentencing Loue, Recorder David Pittaway QC told him: ”The integrity of the postal system has to be protect