Police internal audit suspects four border guards of property crime
The internal audit of the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) suspects four border guards in an offense against property and, in relation to the suspected offense, conducted procedural acts at the Luhamaa border crossing point on Friday.
Among the suspects are the director of the Luhamaa border crossing point and a senior border control service official, both of whom submitted statements of voluntary resignation on Friday.
Police from the PPA's Internal Audit Bureau determined that a total of four wheels and tires were illegally removed from two confiscated vehicles awaiting disposal in an impound lot. Likewise removed from the vehicles were less valuable items including a safety kit and safety triangle.
In order to determine the details of what happened, the police opened a misdemeanor procedure pursuant to the paragraph of the Penal Code addressing offenses against property of small value.
In the course of the investigation, the police determined that they have reason to suspect four border guards from the Luhamaa border control point in this offense against property, among them the director of the border crossing point and a senior border control service official.
According to current information, the tires removed from the vehicles were transported for the purpose of personal gain to the home of one of the border guards, the last of which has admitted to the act and voluntarily returned the tires to the PPA.
Border Guard Office director Tamar Tamm stated scornfully that such a property crime committed by senior border guards with previously good job performance records was startling for the whole team.
"It is very regrettable that the border guards found material self-gain to be more important than the responsibility given to them to be just in every situation and act in good faith," said Tamm. "Such an overstep infringes upon the the ethical convictions of everyone, especially our own colleagues."