Former Lillooet RCMP detachment commander charged

Former Lillooet RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Darrell Robinson has been charged with breach of trust and theft of exhibits after an internal audit and investigation launched in early 2015.

Crown Counsel has approved eight charges against Sgt. Robinson in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred while he was in charge of the Lillooet detachment. Robinson has been charged with four counts relating to breach of trust by converting or transferring, without lawful authority, an exhibit contrary to Section 122 of the Criminal Code.

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He is charged with another four counts relating to theft or conversion contrary to Section 334(b) of the Criminal Code.

The charges relate to four exhibits - two firearms, nutrients for a grow op and a generator - and incidents that allegedly occurred between May 2010 and July 2012.

According to an RCMP news release, “In February 2015, Lillooet RCMP conducted an internal audit and review of the detachment’s exhibit locker. This type of review is common to ensure policies, standards and processes are met. During the review, information surfaced involving the improper processing and handling of an exhibit scheduled for destruction. An internal and statutory investigation was launched and the investigative findings have been assessed by Crown Counsel.”

“The integrity of our exhibit handling and processes are a priority for the RCMP,” stated C/Supt. Brad Haugli, Southeast District Commander. “Allegations of police officer misconduct are rare but taken seriously. A thorough investigation was conducted, our investigative findings were assessed by Crown, charges have been laid and now I await the decision of the courts.”

In addition to the criminal investigation, Sgt. Robinson is also facing an RCMP internal investigation. He is currently suspended with pay. He was transferred from Lillooet to Kimberley in 2014.

Robinson is scheduled to make his first appearance in Lillooet Provincial Court on June 14, 2016.

As this matter is now before the courts, the RCMP say no further information will be released.

Sgt. Robinson is the second former member of the Lillooet detachment facing criminal charges in connection with items allegedly taken from the exhibit locker.

Cst. Tony Lee goes to trial next Monday, Apr. 18, charged with one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm and two counts of theft after an internal audit and review last year.

The four-day trial is scheduled to start in Lillooet and then switches to Kamloops for the final two days. The switch was necessary to accommodate one RCMP witness who will be testifying via a video link. The Lillooet courtroom is not equipped for video.

Lee is specifically charged with one count of possession of a restricted or prohibited firearm (modified flare gun), “while not being the holder of a licence or without registration contrary to Section 91(1) of the Criminal Code and two counts of theft related to the firearm (modified flare gun) as property of the RCMP and Her Majesty contrary to Section 334 of the Criminal Code.” The offence allegedly occurred on Mar. 6, 2013.

Lee has also been the subject of an RCMP internal investigation.

Cst. Lee left Lillooet last year. After charges were laid, he was placed on administrative leave, with his duty status subject to ongoing reviews.

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