A FORMER Sergeant from the Wonthaggi Police Station faced the Korumburra Magistrates’ Court last week charged with the theft of door takings from a local blue light disco.
Kevin Hedley who is no longer a serving member of the force, appeared before Magistrate Clive Alsop last Thursday where it was heard the ex-Victorian Police member also stands accused of 30 separate charges including drink driving and possessing prohibited weapons.
Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Ange Berry told the court on July 21 last year at around 7pm, Hedley used his police identification to gain access into the Wonthaggi Police Station.
“On July 21 former Victoria Police member Kevin Hedley was off duty when he entered the Wonthaggi Police Station and showed his yellow identification badge to the station watchkeeper and requested to use the toilet,” Snr Const Berry said.
“There is a toilet inside the station foyer.”
The court heard Hedley was let into the station by the watchkeeper and went into the Youth Resource Office.
“Inside the office the accused has unlocked a case and removed a calico bag containing the door takings from the Blue Light Disco which contained between $1422 and $1720, the bag was marked ‘door’,” Snr Const Berry said.
The court was told during Hedley’s time of being stationed at Wonthaggi, he had been involved with the blue light discos in the area.
“The accused was seen on CCTV and by other police members leaving the station carrying something on his left hand side,” Snr Const Berry said.
On July 24, a search warrant was executed on Hedley’s residence, and during the search police found a calico bag marked ‘Door’, several empty plastic money bags and an empty ‘Chubb’ coin roll.
“The accused told police he could not recall the incident and the court heard he had used the money to pay bills and buy alcohol,” Snr Const Berry said.
The court heard that during the search police also found eight prohibited weapons, a box of Winchester .22 calibre ammunition and six firearms. They also located a general category crossbow, another prohibited weapon.
Summaries relating to the firearms and drink driving charges were not read to the court.
Hedley’s solicitor indicated her client will plead guilty to all charges when the case continues before Magistrate Clive Alsop at the Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court on May 6
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