iPods haven't just become the target of thieves, they have become the latest assistant to the criminal mastermind.

Police caught a gang of thieves that tricked car showrooms out of £500,000 after forged documents were found stored on an iPod, a court heard.

The gang had allegedly been hijacking identities to obtain Jaguars, Mercedes, BMWs and Porsches from car showrooms before selling them.

Tunde Benson, 26, of Plumpstead, south-east London, denies conspiracy to defraud at Southwark Crown court, reports the BBC. The jury was told that seven others had already admitted involvement in the scam.

Members of the Vehicle Fraud Unit raided a housing estate in Abbey Wood, south-east London where a number of luxury cars had been parked. They found incriminating evidence, including an array of forged letters to claim the vehicles were fully paid for, stored on an iPod.

Mark Fenhalls, prosecuting told the jury: "In addition to storing music, you can store other kinds of data on an iPod. And in this case it was used to store templates for false documents, letters that could be forged, details of false identities and credit card numbers."

He added: "So much material had been downloaded from the iPod by police it had filled a Lever Arch file almost to capacity."

The case continues.