'It's a screwdriver, not a popsicle,' says reporter at San Bernardino shooters' house

A Sunday Times reporter stands accused of popsicle theft on Friday after he was seen standing outside the San Bernardino shooters' residence carrying an object that looked like an orange-flavored frozen ice pop. Not so, he says. The object in question was, in fact, a screwdriver that the reporter, Toby Harnden, used to assist the landlord as he broke into the house. The doors had been sealed with plywood by the FBI and the landlord, Doyle Miller, was set on letting dozens of members of the media inside. See also: Journalists storm San Bernardino shooters' apartment after landlord pries open door "It's a screwdriver, not a popsicle," Harnden tweeted as many expressed amazement that a journalist had stolen dessert from an alleged terrorist. "I was helping [the] landlord, who was right beside me, take off the board." He added: "I can confirm that no frozen treats were involved in my assisting the landlord." I can confirm that no frozen treats were involved in my assisting the landlord. https://t.co/6iiQVECzOB — Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) December 4, 2015 The reporter was at the front of a pack of reporters who pressed through the door and into the suspects' house once the plyboard was removed, in a bizarre scene that was also broadcast on live television to millions across the country. Reporters aired footage that showed baby toys, personal documentation and copies of the Quran that the suspects had left behind, raising all sorts of legal and ethical questions that are still being debated. Image: MSNBCBut it was "Popsicle Man" that sparked many viewers' curiosities, as they wondered why it would be that a news reporter would take part in such an examination only to leave with a piece of flavored ice. Tfw you have no journalistic integrity but you also really want a popsicle pic.twitter.com/n3mvgqWcRI — Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) December 4, 2015 1. Man enters frame. He has no popsicle.2. Man enters crime scnee.3. Man exits crime scene. He has a popsicle. — (´・ω・`) (@_icze4r) December 4, 2015 I FOUND A TERRORISM pic.twitter.com/rrxS573wp0 — end comment sections (@tauriqmoosa) December 4, 2015 "PUT THAT POPSICLE BACK! IT DOESN'T BELONG TO YOU!" - things you say to A) a 4 year old, B) a CNN reporter? — Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) December 4, 2015 [breathless, sweating] "A Moslem popsicle, Henry. Look at it carefully. Tastes like terrorism." pic.twitter.com/xT6vBa0VPl — Mehreen Kasana (@mehreenkasana) December 4, 2015 All the doxxing these "journalists" are doing and this dude just wanted to grab a popsicle from Farook's fridge. pic.twitter.com/A3ExJDpx6F — Sebastian Murdock (@SebastianMurdoc) December 4, 2015 we all made our stupid joke tweets about the news bumbling about a crime scene and then a reporter actually walked out holding a popsicle — leon (@leyawn) December 4, 2015 For his part, Harnden said on Twitter that the landlord told them the FBI and police "had finished with the scene & given him permission to go back into his property." An FBI spokesperson confirmed that to Mashable, saying they had concluded their investigation at the scene. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. window._msla=window.loadScriptAsync||function(src,id){if(document.getElementById(id))return;var js=document.createElement('script');js.id=id;js.src=src;document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0].parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}; _msla("//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js","twitter_jssdk");