An RCMP firearms trainer who stole ammunition from his employer now has a criminal record for theft.

On Friday, former RCMP member Gary Faulconbridge pleaded guilty to stealing ammunition and non-lethal weapons from the Depot division gun range in Regina.

On Monday, a Regina judge rejected a defence request to grant Faulconbridge an absolute discharge and instead fined him.

The 63-year-old must pay a $1,000 fine and a $150 victim surcharge.

After retiring in 2006 with the rank of staff sergeant, Faulconbridge returned to the RCMP as a civilian trainer.

Court heard the thefts occurred last December. Faulconbridge was caught on video stealing boxes of 9mm bullets, the Crown said.

A search of his house netted about 32 kilograms of stolen ammunition, as well as flash grenades and pepper spray.

Rejecting an absolute discharge, which would have left Faulconbridge with no criminal record, the judge ruled that the breach of trust warranted punishment.