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Gatwick PCSO guilty of stealing £10,000 from passengers as they were about to board planes by threatening them with missing their flights if they didn’t hand over cash
A community policewoman was today found guilty of stealing thousands of pounds from passengers as they were about to get on planes at Gatwick Airport.
Alexis Scott, 39, held out her police hat for unsuspecting victims to put money in after telling them they were not allowed to leave the country carrying more than £1,000, a court heard.
She was working as a Police Community Support Officer at Gatwick when a number of people complained they had had cash taken from them in the departure lounge of the North Terminal.
Scott got away with a total of £10,000 conned from six travellers during April last year, before she was caught.
At the start of her trial at Canterbury Crown Court, Anthony Prosser, prosecuting, said: ‘She had no right to take the money from these passengers.
‘She never recorded or logged the fact that she had seized their money and they never got it back. She simply stole it.’
Outward bound passengers at the North Terminal at Gatwick said they had found themselves being asked how much cash they were taking out of the country by a woman in police uniform.
She told a succession of passengers they were only allowed to take £1,000 out of the country and they would have to leave any excess money with her for safe keeping – but they never saw their cash again.
Mr Prosser said: ‘These passengers were selected and spoken to at the departure gate just as the flight was beginning to board.’
Those who argued were told by Scott they would miss their flight because she would detain them if they did not hand over the money, he added.