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Met Police worker admits stealing court exhibits

A Metropolitan Police worker has admitted stealing iPods, mobile phones, satellite navigation systems and Sky HD boxes from the force.

Stephen Bowers, 56, stole them between January 2007 and December 2011, Southwark Crown Court heard.

His wife Elizabeth, 63, admitted handling the stolen goods between the same dates.

The pair, of Agamemnon Road, West Hampstead, north-west London, were bailed until sentencing on May 10.

A Met Police spokesman said that Mr Bowers worked at the Central Exhibits Store in Southwark, where confiscated items are stored ahead of court proceedings.

The couple had denied a third charge, which will lie on file.

It was alleged that in December last year the couple were in possession of "£34,000, knowing or suspecting it to constitute a person's benefit from criminal conduct".

They denied possessing criminal property but it was left to lie on file after the prosecution and defence teams agreed some of the money came from selling some of the stolen goods.

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