WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – An officer with the Carolina Beach Police Department has been charged with felony larceny after he allegedly stole $4,000 from a man while acting in his official capacity as a police officer, District Attorney Ben David announced Wednesday morning.
Christopher Wilkinson, who had been with the agency since March 8, 2021, waived his right to a first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
David and Carolina Beach Police Chief Vic Ward contacted the State Bureau of Investigation on Dec. 23, 2021, after the alleged victim in the case contacted the Carolina Beach Police Department about missing money.
“Through the course of our investigation, potential malfeasance on the part of (Wilkinson) was discovered and thus the DA was notified immediately and a mutual request was made by myself and the DA for an investigation by the NCSBI,” Ward said in an email.
According to an arrest warrant, Wilkinson entered the man’s hotel room and stole $4,000 cash on December 2.
Wilkinson resigned from the police department on Jan. 3 and was charged with felony larceny and willful failure to discharge duties by SBI agents on Tuesday, David said.
David also said his office is conducting a Giglio review, which includes evaluating all of Wilkinson’s pending cases.
“Anytime an officer is criminally charged, particularly if the allegations involve crimes of moral turpitude as they do here, that is credibility determinations, we have to undertake a review of their pending cases to see if there are any matters that have to be dismissed in the interest of justice, because we can’t necessarily rely on his veracity moving forward on those cases,” said David. “Nothing is more important to us than the integrity of the system and making sure that we send a strong message that just like no one’s below the law’s protection, nobody’s above it either and we’re going to make sure that people are held accountable for the crimes they committed.”
According to the district attorney, there’s only a few pending cases that fall into the review as Wilkinson hadn’t been with CBPD for very long. Before he was sworn in as a Carolina Beach police officer, he served as a law enforcement officer with a sheriff’s office in another part of the state.
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