Stolen wallet: PCSO jailed
Officer decided to keep £2,450 dropped at airport café
A SHEPPERTON police officer who stole a wallet stuffed with cash, entrusted to him as lost property, has been jailed for eight months.
Southwark Crown Court heard on Thursday last week how Glynn Rogers, 52, a PCSO at Heathrow Airport, pocketed the wallet containing £2,450 in £50 notes and Kuwaiti dinar in August.
Rogers told a probation officer that the wallet’s owner ‘could afford it’, the court heard.
The owner, referred to only as Mrs Alenezi, had dropped the wallet while waiting for her flight at the Café Nero prompting manager Magdalena Piotrowicz to entrust it to Rogers.
However, Rogers pocketed the wad of money and spun a web of lies, telling the victim’s son he had handed it in to lost property and then reporting he had also lost it, the court heard.
He only confessed when his stories unravelled.
Sentencing Rogers, Judge Martin Beddoe said: “That was a flagrant breach of your responsibility as a PCSO and a breach of the trust that the public puts in people such as you.
“It was a betrayal by the standards which you were bound and a betrayal of your colleagues as PCSOs.
“When Mr Alenezi, her son, became aware of his mother’s loss, he came back to Terminal Four to try to find her wallet.
“Those enquiries led him to you, whereupon you lied to him – quite constructed lies.
“And you, this is an ugly part of this case quite frankly, challenged him as to whether he was lawfully in this country.
“That was I am quite satisfied a deliberate attempt to distract him.”
The court was told Rogers eventually turned himself in and all the money was recovered, although an ID card in the wallet and the wallet were ‘lost’.
Martin Khoshdel, defending Rogers, said: “When I asked him why [he had taken the wallet], he can’t explain.
“It is one of those, it has happened, he is ashamed, he is disgusted, frankly, he is incredibly remorseful. He tells me he wants to apologise directly.”
Mr Khoshdel said that Rogers, who was suspended from duty, intends to resign.
“This is a man who had pleaded guilty,” he said. “He is a man who has been in the police force for a total of 22 years and he has been a PCSO for the past 12 years.”
Mr Khoshdel added that his client was of previous ‘exemplary character’.
Judge Beddoe said it was disappointing that Rogers had failed to act on his ‘empty promises’ to apologise to Mrs Alenezi and to resign from his post.
The judge also said Rogers had the ‘gall’ to say to the Probation Services that Mrs Alenezi could afford the loss during a presentence interview.
“In all that I have read, you had no need of this money whatsoever,” said Judge Beddoe.
“Bearing in mind all I know about you, had you been convicted after a trial by a jury, I cannot see how I could reduce the sentence beyond a term of 12 months’ immediate imprisonment.”
Rogers, of River Ash Estate, admitted his offence during a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on November 6.
He was sentenced eight months in prison.
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