Police say they have made arrests after Wayne Gretzky memorabilia was stolen from the home of the hockey legend’s father. The Gretzky family reported the souvenirs were stolen from the Brantford, Ont., home of Walter Gretzky in August.
According to the CBC, an Ontario Provincial Police officer is facing fraud charges after an investigation into the theft of Wayne Gretzky memorabilia from the home of the hockey legend’s father.
Police say a three-month probe into the theft also uncovered an alleged fraud involving a Gretzky hockey stick.
A spokesperson for the OPP 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.
According to SI, both of the suspects have been known to the Gretzky family for quite some time and, unknown to them, have been accumulating items over the years. One source with knowledge of the situation said the woman who was charged allegedly contacted a memorabilia dealer offering to sell a stick from Wayne’s childhood that she claimed had been give to her by Walter. The stick, which was reportedly purchased for $6,000, was tracked down by authorities and the person who purchased it was questioned by police.
In August, the Gretzky family contacted police in Brantford to report that a number of pieces of Wayne Gretzky’s memorabilia had gone missing after being alerted by a family friend that there was some suspicious Gretzky memorabilia on the market. Police soon learned that a number of items had been sold around Canada and in early December, executed search warrants at five homes in Ontario and Alberta. There they recovered game-used sticks, hockey gloves, pants, sweaters (including his sweater from the 1997 All-Star Game in San Jose) and a plaque commemorating him being named NHL player of the year in 1983-84. They also found evidence of another person who was believed to have committed fraud that involved a Gretzky hockey stick.
By Jon Sorensen