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Richmond Mountie charged with breach of trust, theft

A Richmond Mountie is facing four criminal charges in connection to allegations of internal theft and breach of trust.

RCMP Const. Kenrick Whitney was suspended from duty in June of 2013, and had his police identification and sidearm seized.

In a press release issued Thursday, RCMP Chief Supt. Brian Cantera said that "given the seriousness of the allegations" Whitney was suspended without pay in February of 2014.

Following the criminal investigation and subsequent report to Crown counsel, Whitney was charged with two counts of theft under $5,000, and two counts of breach of trust.

"This alleged behaviour is unacceptable and not in keeping with the core values of the RCMP and public expectations," Cantera said.

Whitney is scheduled to appear in Richmond provincial court on May 27.

But his troubles don't end there.

He will also be facing a disciplinary hearing where the commanding officer will be seeking his dismissal.

According to the Vancouver Sun, this isn't the first time that Whitney has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

A former CFL player and night club bouncer, Whitney managed to keep his job as a police officer, despite a pair of assault allegations.

In a 2007 incident, Whitney was on duty, and driving an unmarked police vehicle when he pulled over a vehicle that Whitney said cut him off.

Whitney approached the car and then spat on the driver.

Five years earlier, Whitney got into a dispute with another driver over a parking space, allegedly threatened to kill the other driver, chased him on foot, and knocked him down to the ground.

Whitney received 25 hours of community service in the latter case, but no criminal charges were laid on the spitting incident, though the RCMP docked him five days pay.

 

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