Stolen wal­let: PCSO jailed

Shep­per­ton: Of­fi­cer de­cided to keep £2,450 dropped at air­port café

Surrey Herald/News - - NEWS - By Rus­sell Butt

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 Piotro- wicz 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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