June Dobson, a detachment commander for the Ontario Provincial Police, has been arrested and charged with fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust in relation to alleged theft of Wayne Gretzky memorabilia from the home of the hockey legend’s father.
Dobson was one of two people arrested and charged in relation to the case. An unnamed 58-year-old Oakville, Ont., man was charged with theft over $5,000 and possession over $5,000.
In a statement released Tuesday by Brantford Police, Dobson’s identity wasn’t revealed. However, OPP spokesperson Bill Dickson confirmed to Megan Shaw of CTV News that Dobson was the 58-year-old woman involved.
“The charges against Inspector June Dobson are not related to the larger theft investigation. During the course of the initial investigation, police uncovered evidence, unrelated to the initial investigation, that a separate individual is believed to have committed fraud involving Gretzky memorabilia,” Dickson said.
The Gretzky family contacted police in August when several items went missing from Walter Gretzky’s home. Brantford Police recovered a number of items which included a 1997 Eastern Conference All-Star jersey, a few pair of gloves and a Los Angeles Kings jersey.
Police estimated the total value of items lost is worth more than US$500,000.
Dobson has been placed on leave unrelated to the case, and the OPP will launch an internal investigation for misconduct.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were also consulted for the investigation and while it shouldn’t take up the resources of three different police branches to return some stolen jerseys, it’s never a good idea to mess with The Great One.
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