An Ontario Provincial Police officer is going through fraud costs after an investigation into the theft of Wayne Gretzky memorabilia from the house of the hockey legend’s father.
Police say a three-month probe into the theft additionally uncovered an alleged fraud involving a Gretzky hockey stick.
A spokesperson for the OPP says Insp. June Dobson is going through fraud costs within the case.
Employees Sgt. Carolle Dionne says Dobson was already on an unrelated paid depart of absence when the fees have been introduced Tuesday.
Police in Brantford, Ont., mentioned Tuesday they had arrested a 58-year-old Oakville, Ont., man and a 58-year-old Brockville, Ont., girl, however didn’t identify them. The arrests got here after an investigation following the theft of roughly $500,000 US value of memorabilia from the house of Walter Gretzky.
Brantford police say that throughout the investigation they uncovered proof of somebody — unrelated to the theft — had dedicated fraud involving a Gretzky hockey stick.
“There was a misrepresentation of a bit of memorabilia, and on account of that, was offered fraudulently,” mentioned Employees Sgt. Keith Tollar on Wednesday.
Dobson, who was the detachment commander of the Grenville, Ont., OPP detachment, is going through costs of fraud over $5,000 and breach of belief.
The opposite two individuals going through costs have been “household associates” and the gadgets have been taken over the course of a number of months, mentioned Tollar, who was the lead investigator on the case.
“There was no break-and-enter, there was no violence towards Walter or the household,” he mentioned.
Police say they consider a number of of the lacking gadgets had seemingly been offered to collectors throughout Canada.
Tollar mentioned collectors must do their due diligence when buying uncommon gadgets.
“The message that we’re making an attempt to ship to individuals who do buy these high-end, one-off gadgets … it is purchaser beware.”
Investigators searched three places, one in Alberta and two in Ontario, and recovered souvenirs together with game-used hockey sticks, jerseys and a Participant-of-the-12 months award that belonged to Wayne Gretzky.
The gadgets have been “one-of-one memorabilia that was given from Wayne to Walter,” mentioned Toller.
The household co-operated with the investigation, he mentioned, and was “extraordinarily completely satisfied” to see the memorabilia returned.
“From being born and raised in Brantford and realizing the quantity of charity work that Walter Gretzky has executed, not simply regionally, however nationally, I believe each member of the group was completely satisfied to get the gadgets again to Walter,” mentioned Tollar.
“He is referred to as Canada’s most-beloved hockey dad, so we have been simply completely satisfied to get these mementos again to the place they belong.”
Police say the investigation is ongoing.