But finders keepers isn’t theft m’lud
BeautifulBurnout defending the theft of laptops people have inadvertently left in public places:
Lovely way to keep yourself in business, isn’t it? No wonder you can never get a copper out to a real burglary when you need one when they are too busy making up their own crime statistics…
Anyone who finds a computer has no way of knowing who left it, and since when did honesty depend on whether it was left there by the police?
And anyone who has had their computer stolen whether after leaving it unattended or as the result of a car theft or burglary will know how facile and criminal her attitude is.
Of course it is theft.
Well coming from a barrister, that is a relief.
sheffpixie joins those spreading malicious falsehood:
Seems like entrapment to me. Isn’t there enough crime for the police to deal with without deliberately setting people up?
Although in fairness, she hasn’t yet aligned herself with the claim that “you can never get a copper out to a real burglary when you need one when they are too busy making up their own crime statistics…”
In the Metropolitan Police area of London in the 12 months to January 2013 there were 93,568 recorded incidents of burglary.
I would have thought if none of those who were burgled and reported the crime was visited by one of the Met’s officers, there’d have been a national outrage.
There wasn’t and sheffpixie it’s very wise to distance herself from yet another attack on the police by MrsB.
I think it’s a disgraceful practice – one wonders what would happen if a magistrate/ off duty policeman/ freemason found and took the laptop home ……..and then claimed they intended to hand it in/report it in due course ??
Of course as a simple search of wiki will demonstrate, there have been cases of police being convicted of a variety of criminal offences including theft.