The Gretzky family reported that the memorabilia was stolen in Brantford, Ont., Home of Walter Gretzky in August.
Brantford Police launched an investigation and said they quickly discovered that several of the missing items were likely sold to various collectors across Canada.
Police say a three-month investigation identified specific residences where the stolen goods were allegedly located.
Last week five homes were searched in Ontario and Alberta by police from Brantford, Halton Region, the OPP and the RCMP.
Police say they recovered several Wayne Gretzky memorabilia, including game sticks, hockey gloves, pants, jerseys and the 1983-84 NHL Player of the Year award.
The estimated value of the recovered property is estimated to be over US $ 500,000.
“I would like to sincerely thank each member of the team; their professionalism, dedication and support were greatly appreciated, ”said Glen Gretzky, Wayne’s brother, on behalf of their family.
Police also said they discovered evidence of a second person, unrelated to the original investigation, who allegedly committed fraud involving a Gretzky hockey stick.
Man, 58, from Oakville, Ont. Charged with Theft Over $ 5,000 and Possession Over $ 5,000
58-year-old Brockville, Ont. Woman charged with fraud over $ 5,000 and breach of trust
Police say the investigation is still ongoing.
Memorabilia featuring the NHL legend can fetch a hefty price tag with collectors. A mint condition Gretzky rookie card recently sold for just under US $ 1.3 million.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 15, 2020.