A former boy scout who posed as a policeman to enter some of
the most secure buildings in Western Australia will avoid
With the help of a friend who was working as an auxiliary
police officer, 18-year-old Chris Bergroth donned a stolen
uniform and managed to stroll into Perth's main criminal
lock-up six times.
He also entered WA police headquarters and twice managed to
get into a specialist crime unit building over seven weeks
earlier this year.
He accessed confidential information on computers and even
assisted at a traffic crash before being detected.
Bergroth also used police fuel cards to fill up his personal
vehicle and avoided a speeding fine when he was caught
driving 16kmh over the limit by saying he worked for the
Tactical Response Group and was rushing to a job.
Bergroth, who had previously done work experience with the
police force, pleaded guilty last month to 38 charges
including wilfully misleading police and trespass.
In Perth Magistrates Court today he was ordered to perform
100 hours of community work and fined $2000 plus costs.
The magistrate and prosecution accepted defence lawyer
Michael Clarke's argument that Bergroth was living out his
childhood dream of becoming a policeman and had been a
benign, non-malicious threat to the force, even though he had
eroded public confidence in it.
Bergroth was "crushed" that his offences meant he would never
be a policeman and now planned a career in the defence force,
Mr Clarke told reporters outside court.
He said Bergroth had created a "slippery slope" in a
situation that got out of hand.
"It starts with one thing and leads to another, and downwards
from there," he said.
The auxiliary officer, one of Bergroth's scout friends, was
not charged and has since quit the force.
Mr Clarke said Bergroth had done the force a favour by
showing up deficiencies in its security.
"It wasn't done by someone associated with organised crime or
a terrorist organisation - it was done by a boy scout who
genuinely wanted to help and serve the community."