TWO former police employees who stole items from the property stores where they worked have been sentenced.
On Friday September 14, 2012, officers from Wigan executed a search warrant at a house on Railway Street, Atherton, the home address of 26-year-old Stacy Round.
We have strict processes in place to monitor items stored in our police stations, including illicit drugs and other such contrabandDetective Inspector Chris Packer
Large quantities of various controlled drugs and paraphernalia associated with drug dealing were found, already in police property bags that had been stolen from property stores at Longsight and Elizabeth Slinger Road police stations where Philip Eckersley of Bag Lane, Atherton, worked.
Immediately after the house search the 28-year-old stopped going to work and latterly resigned.
In total he admitted to stealing £5,800 worth of cannabis and £3,900 in drugs in a pill form.
The drugs recovered from Round’s home were analysed and Round, as well as Scott Owen, 24, of New Barn Lane, Leigh and Alex O’Malley, also 24, of Douglas Park, Atherton, were forensically linked to them.
Eckersley admitted conspiracy to supply a class B and class C controlled drug and was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.
Round admitted conspiracy to supply a class B and class C controlled drug and possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.
Owen admitted conspiracy to supply a class B controlled drug and was sentenced to eight months in prison and O’Malley admitted conspiracy to supply a class B and class C controlled drug and was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.
During the beginning of the operation officers from the Counter Corruption Unit also discovered that a laptop had been stolen from police stores.
Former employee John McCormack, 53, of Kimberley Street, Stockport, was found guilty of theft following a trial and given a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to carry our 150 hours unpaid work.
Detective Inspector Chris Packer, from the Counter Corruption Unit, said: “We have strict processes in place to monitor items stored in our police stations, including illicit drugs and other such contraband.
“Philip Eckersley was very much under suspicion even before we recovered the drugs and the fact we were able to trace them back to the stores where he worked was the final nail in the coffin.
“Both he and John McCormack thought nothing of taking items that did not belong to them.
“The counter corruption unit is set up to identify the very few rotten apples who work as police officers and staff and this latest case should act as a reminder to all employees that not only will we not tolerate rogue employees but will actively root them out and bring them to justice.”