4 Cops Charged in Theft of Suspect's Scarface Statue

Charges against the suspect have been stayed
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2018 9:41 AM CDT
A Peel Region police officer stands outside a Brampton, Ontario courthouse on March 28, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

(Newser) – Four Toronto-area police officers face charges of theft, obstructing police, and perjury after they allegedly stole a "one-of-a-kind" Scarface statue from a suspected drug dealer. Though she said it was "highly likely" Lowell Somerville would've been found guilty of trafficking and heroin possession, a judge stayed charges against him last year because of the officers' alleged actions. Surveillance video showed Peel Regional Police Const. Richard Rerrie taking an item from a storage locker rented by Somerville during a warranted search in 2014, per the CBC.

After first denying taking anything, Rerrie claimed the item was a heater he saw in the storage facility that was labeled "free." The three other officers claimed to not remember Rerrie taking anything. In staying Somerville's charges, the judge wrote in her ruling that it was actually a statue of the movie Scarface's Tony Montana—one that Somerville describes as wooden and 3.5-feet tall—and that Rerrie and three officers with him had lied under oath, per the Brampton Guardian. They're due back in court on June 4.

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