A shamed police officer who stole cash during a house search is facing a return to prison for taking a suspect’s iPhone.
Former PC Ian Scouler was jailed for 12 months last November after being secretly filmed pocketing £400 while on duty in 2011.
But Scouler was back in court today to admit stealing a suspect’s iPhone and another handset while employed by the Metropolitan Police.
The former cop – who walked into Westminster Magistrates Court after being released from his prison sentence – was warned he now faces a swift return to jail.
He pocketed an iPhone after it was seized during the search of a suspect’s home on October 28, 2010.
‘At the time this theft occurred, Mr Scouler was a serving police officer with the Met,’ said prosecutor Emma Scheer.
‘When officers went to restore the property to its owner, they found some of the items were missing.
‘The iPhone was found to have been sold by Scouler shortly after the date of the search.’
Scouler had set up an account under his own name at website fonebank.com to sell on the stolen handset.
He admitted selling the phone but initially tried to pin the blame on one of his fellow officers.
‘He said he didn’t in fact take the iPhone but it was given to him by a colleague and had no idea that phone was stolen’, said Ms Scheer.
Investigators also discovered he had stolen another phone in May 2010 which had been handed in to police.
He again sold it online, but was ‘very vague’ when investigators asked where he had got it from, the court heard.
Scouler’s career was destroyed when a jury at Southwark Crown Court found him guilty of theft following a trial.
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