Police Officer now charged in Wayne Gretzky stolen memorabilia case
A third person has now been charged with fraud involving the sale of a Wayne Gretzky hockey stick. This time it is an Ontario Police officer. Wayne’s father, Walter was the victim, as the items were taken from his home.
Ontario Police Officer charged in Gretzky case
According to the latest report, the officer is being charged with “Fraud over $5000” and “Breach of Trust.”
Police say a three-month probe into the theft uncovered an alleged fraud involving a Gretzky hockey stick. A spokeswoman for the Ontario Provincial Police says Insp. June Dobson is facing fraud charges in the case. Staff Sgt. Carolle Dionne says Dobson was already on an unrelated paid leave of absence when the charges were announced Tuesday.TSN
The investigation is still continuing at this time. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Stealing from Walter Gretzky
Two individuals have already been arrested in connection with selling the stolen items. The Brantford Police in a joint investigation with the Ontario Provincial Province and Royal Canadian Mounted Police apprehended the individual involved in the theft.
The investigation found the stolen items sold across Canada. After three months they were able to track the stolen property down and return it to Walter Gretzky and the Gretzky family.
During the course of the search warrants, police successfully recovered various items of Wayne Gretzky sports memorabilia including multiple game used sticks, hockey gloves, pants, jerseys and a Player-of-the-Year award. The estimated value of the recovered property is believed to be valued in excess of $500,000 USD.Additionally, during the course of the investigation, police uncovered evidence of a second individual, unrelated to the initial investigation, believed to have committed a fraud involving Gretzky memorabilia (hockey stick).Brantford Police
Police arrested a 58 year-old male and a 58 year-old female for theft and breach of trust. Glen Gretzky in a statement said; “Sad day. Our whole lives were about giving back and helping others. For something like this to allegedly happen, it’s a little disheartening right now.”