KITCHENER – Two people have been arrested after more than US $ 500,000 worth of Wayne Gretzky memorabilia was stolen from the Hockey Hall of Fame father’s house in Brantford, Ont.
In August, the Gretzky family contacted the Brantford Police Department after several sporting items were found missing at Walter Gretzky’s home.
Investigators quickly learned that several of the items were likely sold to collectors across the country, according to a press release.
The Brantford Police Department requested the assistance of the RCMP and the OPP for a three-month investigation. Meanwhile, police have identified specific residences where the stolen goods were located.
On December 8, various police units executed search warrants in five homes in Ontario and Alberta, recovering sticks, hockey gloves, pants, jerseys and a player of the year award.
During the process, they also found evidence of another person suspected of committing fraud involving a Gretzky hockey stick.
A 58 year old Oakville man was arrested and charged with theft over $ 5,000 and possession over $ 5,000. A Brockville woman, also 58, was arrested and charged with fraud over $ 5,000 and breach of trust.
Police have not publicly identified them and said their investigation is ongoing.
Memorabilia from “The Great One” are known to fetch a hefty price tag by collectors, with a Wayne Gretzky rookie card recently sold for over $ 1.2 million at auction.