A man was caught with several indecent images of children after losing his phone at a shopping centre.
Frederick Steer dropped his Sony mobile at Silverburn in Glasgow on August 1 last year.
The handset was later handed in to security, but when the phone rang and a member of staff pressed a button, which suddenly brought up an inappropriate photo of a child.
A number of other similar images were then found on the phone.
The 64-year-old from Pollok then made attempts to get the mobile blocked before he was arrested.
Prosecutor Claire Wallace told Glasgow Sheriff Court: “Steer went to a phone shop looking flustered and told them his mobile was missing and needed to be blocked.
“He then went to speak to security officers about the phone and they then notified the police.”
After his arrest, police found that Steer had eight child abuse images on the phone and three video clips.
He pled guilty to having indecent images of children at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday.
Sheriff Paul Crozier deferred sentencing until next month and continued his bail in the meantime.