South Australia Police Officer Richard Bartholomew Charged With 20 Counts of Theft

A South Australia Police (SAPOL) property officer has faced court charged with 20 counts of taking items from SA Police property rooms over a period of more than 10 years.

Richard Lloyd Bartholomew, 58, worked as a SA Police property officer and allegedly stole the items from Christie Downs and Edwardstown between 2008 and 2019.

The Aldinga Beach man is charged with aggravated dishonestly take property without consent.

“It is further alleged that the circumstances of aggravation are that the offender abused a position of authority or trust in committing the offence,” a charge sheet said.

The alleged stolen items included various Sony PlayStation models, an iPad, a Canon Camera, Xbox, a HP computer monitor and Bosch, Makita and Milwaukee power tools.

A prosecutor told the court the allegations related to Bartholomew removing the items from police custody and taking them to his home address.

According to The Advertiser, police prosecutors and defence for Bartholomew will meet in February for “robust discussion” as part of pre-trial negotiations.

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