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Toronto police officer on trial for allegedly attempting to sell dead man’s watch

A Toronto police officer who has been charged with a variety of offences, including theft, possession of property obtained by crime, and fraud, allegedly attempted to sell a TAG Heuer watch to two construction workers, according to court testimony on Tuesday.

The Toronto Star reports that the workers each told the court that they had allegedly bought other goods from the suspect, such as cigars and a Richard Mille watch—all before he allegedly sent them an offer to purchase a Swiss TAG Heuer watch.

The court heard that the police officer sent one of the men a text message, stating that he had a “[b]rand new, original” watch for sale, “no box. I am asking for $9,000”. The text purportedly included a link to an online listing of a TAG Heuer Grand Prix de Monaco Historique watch.

According to prosecutor Samuel Walker, it is the same model that the police officer allegedly stole from the home of a deceased Toronto man whose disappearance he was investigating. The prosecution argues that the suspect stole the watch and two credit cards from two separate individuals while investigating the circumstances surrounding their deaths. The officer is also accused of using a stolen car for three months and misusing police databases.

The police officer, 49, was a 16-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service at the time of his first arrest in 2022, where it was alleged that he gave a missing person’s debit card to another man, who used it to make a purchase at a store in Mississauga.

He was charged with one count each of theft, trafficking a credit card, using a credit card in the commission of an offence, attempting to obstruct justice, possession of property obtained by crime exceeding $5,000, unauthorized use of a computer system, fraud, as well as three counts of breach of trust.

The officer was suspended with pay. But last June, he faced new charges for failing to comply with a release order in connection with his alleged involvement in the theft of the missing person’s debit card.

The trial continues Tuesday.

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