Thirty-two-year-old Special Reserve Police officer Anthony King has been charged with stealing a motor vehicle, false pretence, and wasteful employment of the police. He was granted $50,000 station bail when he appeared at the Scarborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday. The matter has been adjourned to August 13th. King was attached to the Crown Point Police Station.
According to police reports, sometime in August 2019, a Castara resident allegedly entered into a lease-to-own agreement with King for a Mitsubishi Lancer vehicle valued at $39,000. The agreement included payments of $1,000 every week by the officer over two years. However, in January 2021, the payments stopped.
The accused then allegedly transferred the vehicle to his name with the assistance of the previous owner on January 18th 2021 thereby claiming ownership of and seizing the vehicle.
A report was subsequently made to the police. On Tuesday 23rd March 2021, the officer allegedly went to the Shirvan Road Police Station and falsely reported that the vehicle had been stolen. However, further investigations were conducted and instructions were given to charge him with the three offences.
He was arrested by Ag Insp Piggott and a party of officers on Sunday 16th May, 2021, and was subsequently charged with the offences.