Ex cop admits stealing £5,000 in mobile phones to sell

Bournemouth Echo: GUILTY: Former detective sergeant Peter Yeates GUILTY: Former detective sergeant Peter Yeates

A DISGRACED former police officer could be facing jail after admitting stealing thousands of pounds’ worth of items from the Dorset Police store to sell.

Peter Yeates, of Gravel Hill, Poole, pleaded guilty to four counts of theft by an employee yesterday.

Yeates, 51, who recently retired as a detective sergeant from Dorset Police, has admitted stealing two Fujifilm Finepix digital cameras worth a total of around £65, a Casio Exilim digital camera costing £26.47, and a number of mobile phones worth no more than £5,000 on dates between 2009 and 2012. The items were stolen from Ferndown and elsewhere in Dorset.

He pleaded not guilty to a fifth count of stealing 32 iPods, 18 cameras, three mobile phones, a Sony Walkman and an MP3 player worth £2,683.53 between June 1, 2010 and December 3, 2011.

Judge Ian Pearson said Yeates may be looking at prison time for the thefts.

He said: “Bearing in mind the nature and number of these thefts, a custodial sentence may have to be considered.”

He said the total cost of the thefts amounted to “around half” of the original total the Crown Prosecution Service hoped to recover, which was £12,500 in December last year.

Ian Lawrie QC, defending, asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared because of the ‘complex background’ of the case.

When Yeates appeared at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court in December, Charles Night-ingale, prosecuting, said it was alleged that the items, which were due to be scrapped, were intended to be sold to a third-party company that buys second-hand phones. Yeates was released on unconditional bail, and will appear for sentencing at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday, May 17.

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8:34am Sat 27 Apr 13

High Treason says...

Maybe looking at a prison term. Justice in the UK is a joke. Build more prisons, give out some serious sentences and make them pay for their profits from crime.
Maybe looking at a prison term. Justice in the UK is a joke. Build more prisons, give out some serious sentences and make them pay for their profits from crime. High Treason
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8:40am Sat 27 Apr 13

Bryan72 says...

Ex cop in jail nice. Don't forget the vas mate.!!
Ex cop in jail nice. Don't forget the vas mate.!! Bryan72
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9:05am Sat 27 Apr 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

Not doing very well Dorset Police are we.This, then another police officer sent to prison for ten years.A PCSO who bit her girlfriend appeared in court.Wonder what happened there ? And then other cases in which Dorset Police don't want you to know about..Just ask the PSB.
Not doing very well Dorset Police are we.This, then another police officer sent to prison for ten years.A PCSO who bit her girlfriend appeared in court.Wonder what happened there ? And then other cases in which Dorset Police don't want you to know about..Just ask the PSB. politicaltrainspotter
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10:02am Sat 27 Apr 13

BIGTONE says...

Ian Lawrie QC, defending, asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared because of the ‘complex background’ of the case.


Nothing complex at all. He nicked the stuff. End of.
Ian Lawrie QC, defending, asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared because of the ‘complex background’ of the case. Nothing complex at all. He nicked the stuff. End of. BIGTONE
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10:23am Sat 27 Apr 13

Dean Park says...

Another case of don't do as I do. do as I say! I have often wondered just who watches the watchers.
Another case of don't do as I do. do as I say! I have often wondered just who watches the watchers. Dean Park
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10:52am Sat 27 Apr 13

muscliffman says...

"Yeates, 51, who recently retired as a detective sergeant from Dorset Police" So with his pension intact and protected from the forthcoming legal/disciplinary process - in the standard Force manner presumably?

How is it that healthy Police employees can 'retire' with pensions in their early fifties, when the rest of us out here are being told to expect to work beyond sixty-five?
"Yeates, 51, who recently retired as a detective sergeant from Dorset Police" So with his pension intact and protected from the forthcoming legal/disciplinary process - in the standard Force manner presumably? How is it that healthy Police employees can 'retire' with pensions in their early fifties, when the rest of us out here are being told to expect to work beyond sixty-five? muscliffman
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12:06pm Sat 27 Apr 13

LornaBournemouth says...

Bryan72 wrote:
Ex cop in jail nice. Don't forget the vas mate.!!
You've been watching too many films !
[quote][p][bold]Bryan72[/bold] wrote: Ex cop in jail nice. Don't forget the vas mate.!![/p][/quote]You've been watching too many films ! LornaBournemouth
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2:17pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Bryan72 says...

Fact Lorna!
Fact Lorna! Bryan72
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5:04pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Adrian XX says...

I think he was looking for personal nude photos.
I think he was looking for personal nude photos. Adrian XX
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8:24pm Sat 27 Apr 13

simcal says...

Bryan72 wrote:
Fact Lorna!
Really? Then give the rest of us a source. Might happen in US prisons but very uncommon here.
[quote][p][bold]Bryan72[/bold] wrote: Fact Lorna![/p][/quote]Really? Then give the rest of us a source. Might happen in US prisons but very uncommon here. simcal
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1:39am Sun 28 Apr 13

PigWhistle0709 says...

...and the rest would be sentenced in the local court; only 'cos he's a copper does he go to distant Portsmouth...
Anyone remember the teenage trouser-removing New Forest Lyndhurst based Police Inspector who was dealt with in Hove ?
So much for justice being seen to be done in the vicinity of where it happened...
...and the rest would be sentenced in the local court; only 'cos he's a copper does he go to distant Portsmouth... Anyone remember the teenage trouser-removing New Forest Lyndhurst based Police Inspector who was dealt with in Hove [East Sussex]? So much for justice being seen to be done in the vicinity of where it happened... PigWhistle0709
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