Stolen items taken from a flat in Kensington by a burglar were later discovered at Hammersmith police station.
A judge at Isleworth Crown Court was told it was among the things taken by police when they arrested Kevin Tull on a separate burglary charge.
The 50-year-old has now started a 15-month prison sentence, according to a Metropolitan Police press statement.
Tull, of Redcliffe Gardens in Kensington, broke into the property on nearby Queensgate Road sometime between 8.45am and 6pm on January 21.
He slipped the lock on the front door to gain entry and stole two ipads, a laptop and around 150 Euros, police said.
The burglary was only discovered when the 26-year-old victim returned home from work. He then contacted police when a location app was activated showing the iPads to be in the vicinity of Hammersmith Grove.
DC Sam Lowes, from Kensington & Chelsea CID, said: “The victim’s stolen items were unbelievably located and traced to the property store at Hammersmith police station.
“The property had been recovered when Tull had been arrested for a separate burglary offence.”
Tull was charged with the break-in on February 2 and pleaded guilty before being sentenced on May 5. He was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.