Met Police worker caught stealing purse in undercover sting

A thieving police worker was caught in an undercover sting stealing money from a “lost” purse.

Agnes Alexander, 60, had been employed by the Met for 3 a long time when she stole the pink purse containing £70. It had been planted in a secret “integrity test”.

The purse, additionally containing a child scan and pictures however no different ID, had been handed in by an officer pretending to be a member of the general public.

Alexander was adopted into an Iceland grocery store the place she spent a number of the money earlier than being arrested. The serial numbers on banknotes she used to buy groceries matched these in the purse.

A choose mentioned the incident would price the widow her “good character… and undoubtedly her job.”

The Met civilian worker admitted stealing from Walworth police station, the place she labored on the entrance desk for half of her 30-year profession. She was given  a 20-week suspended jail sentence at Camberwell Green magistrates’ courtroom yesterday after pleading responsible to theft.

District Judge Susan Green mentioned individuals who hand in misplaced property “expect a high sense of integrity from those who they trust as public servants”.

Robin Shaw, defending, described Alexander’s actions as “incredibly stupid” and mentioned she was nonetheless recovering from the lack of her associate 4 years in the past. She was additionally ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £207 prices.

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