An officer whose gun was stolen in the month of January was allegedly drunk and had failed to secure the government provided firearm, according to a source.
The source also said that officer Benjamin Masters of Fish & Wildlife was suspended because of the alleged negligent act. The Chief of Fish and Wildlife department confirmed that the officer was suspended but he couldn’t confirm the grounds of suspension as he told the Island Times that Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) officials need to confirm or deny it.
However, Director of BPS Aloysious Alonz pointed the finger back to Fish & Wildlife and said that he doesn’t know anything about it and only Fish & Wildlife officials will be able to give out the information.
The suspension has been lifted as of April but the reason for suspension remains unconfirmed by the authorities.
As of now, the government has filed four felony charges against Cy Diukes Reklai for receiving a stolen a Glock 17 9mm police firearm with 10 rounds of ammunition.
Charges include Theft of Government Property in the First Degree, Theft of Government Property in the Second Degree, Possession of Firearm and Possession of Ammunition.
According to the previous Island Times report based on the official statements by the investigators, 16 year-old daughter of Masters had taken the firearm from her father’s vehicle while he was sleeping and had given it to Reklai, a relative, to find a buyer. (By Eshan Kalyanikar)