St. Petersburg Criminal Investigation Department employee fined for covering up car thief
The policeman freed the criminal and returned the stolen car.
The Kalininsky District Court of St. Petersburg fined operative agent of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Alexey Bochkarev for Exceeding Official Powers (part 1 of Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The police officer hid the crime from the investigating authorities and freed the car thief, returning him a stolen car worth 6 million rubles, the joint press service of the courts of the northern capital reports.
On November 27, 2016, an unknown person stole a purse with the keys to a car from a local resident and stole it. The offender was detained on May 26, 2017 on the embankment of the Moika River while driving a stolen car.
Bochkarev received procedural documents and on June 5 issued a refusal to launch criminal proceedings. At the same time, the policeman seized materials about the detention of the culprit, returned the keys and the car to him, and released. Bochkarev denies guilt.