TWO ARRESTED AND OVER $500,000 USD IN STOLEN GRETZKY MEMORABILIA RECOVERED IN JOINT INVESTIGATION
(BRANTFORD, ON) – The Brantford Police Service (BPS), in a joint investigation with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and with the assistance of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), have arrested an individual in connection with the theft of Wayne Gretzky sports memorabilia.
In August 2020, members of the Gretzky family contacted Brantford Police Service after discovering various pieces of Wayne Gretzky sports memorabilia missing from the residence of Walter Gretzky in Brantford, Ontario.
An investigation was entered into and it was quickly discovered that several of the missing items had likely been sold to various collectors across Canada.
Due to the multi-jurisdictional nature of the investigation, Brantford police sought the assistance of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
A three-month investigation followed, which allowed police to identify specific residences where the stolen property was believed to be located.
On December 8, 2020 officers with the Brantford Police Service, OPP and RCMP, with assistance from the Halton Regional Police Service, executed search warrants at five homes across Ontario and Alberta.
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).
As a result of the search warrants executed on December 8, 2020, two individuals were arrested and charged under the Criminal Code.
- A 58 year-old-male from Oakville is charged with Theft Over $5,000 and Possession Over $5,000
- A 58 year-old female from Brockville is charged with Fraud Over $5,000 and Breach of Trust
The investigation remains ongoing.
We ask that the public and the media kindly respect the wishes of the Gretzky family and refrain from attempting to contact Mr. Walter Gretzky for interview or comment.
"As the lead agency in this multi-jurisdictional investigation, the Brantford Police Service is thankful for the assistance provided by our valued partners; the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as well as the additional assistance from the Halton Regional Police Service. As a result of the work of our skilled investigators, over $500,000 USD in Gretzky memorabilia was successfully recovered.”
- Chief Rob Davis, Brantford Police Service
"The OPP Professional Standards Unit provided assistance to Brantford Police Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in this multi-jurisdictional investigation. The OPP and our partners continue to collaborate and are committed to protecting individuals from victimization, recovering assets, and identifying and holding those accountable who compromise trust within our communities and prey on the vulnerabilities of their victims.”
- Commissioner Thomas Carrique, Ontario Provincial Police
"On behalf of our family, I would like to thank the Brantford Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for everything they have done regarding this investigation. I would like to sincerely thank every member of the team; the professionalism, dedication and support they have shown has been greatly appreciated.”
- Glen Gretzky, Representative of the Gretzky Family
Attached Photos of Recovered Items:
- 1983-84 NHL Player of the Year
- Eastern NHL Jersey – Front
- Eastern NHL Jersey – Back
- Gloves #1
- Gloves #2
- LA Kings Jersey – Back
- LA Kings Jersey – Front
- Compilation Photo – various items
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