A former City of Chilliwack employee is alleged to have stolen thousands of dollars of cash from the Chilliwack RCMP detachment's main exhibit room.
Mounties say a routine exhibit audit conducted in August of 2011 revealed that money was missing.
That investigation showed that around $37,000 of Canadian money had disappeared, along with $46 US and nearly $4,000 in Government of Canada cheques.
The money was linked to 19 separate files. According to court records, the theft is alleged to have begun in 2008.
"When the audit revealed a discrepancy, we immediately launched an investigation and imposed greater restrictions to the exhibit room, reducing the number of people with access to the room, changing locks and combinations," Insp. Grant Wilson—the acting officer in charge of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachement—said in a press release.
Wilson said the detachment has since taken steps to improve security in the exhibit room.
"The allegations are disappointing, and of course very concerning to us," Wilson said. "Since this investigation began, Chilliwack RCMP has taken a number of steps to improve the handling of exhibits, processes and procedures."
Jamie Tiller, 36, has been charged with theft over $5,000. Tiller was arrested March 5 and later released. Her next court appearance is scheduled for March 19.