Touch DNA solves another case!


Touch DNA leads to arrest in decades-old cold case murder of North Whitehall Township widow May 16th, 2024 WHITEHALL TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- An arrest has been made in a decades-old cold case, thanks to the advancement of "touch DNA" technology, as well as the fact that the evidence collected back in '89 was meticulously preserved. "Touch DNA ...

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Ammo Theft


KY state trooper assigned to Gov. Beshear security charged with stealing police ammo May 29th, 2024 Note: This story is not directly related to evidence rooms.  However, many of us wear many hats in the agency and this is something to be aware of. A Kentucky State Police trooper who was assigned to an executive security detail for Gov. Andy Be...

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Another reason to conduct inventories!


Tip leads to the arrest of former DeSoto Police Department property and evidence clerk accused of stealing guns from evidence room April 19th, 2024 DESOTO, Texas — DeSoto police say they recovered 13 guns, various power tools, and a compressor allegedly stolen by a former property and evidence clerk with the department. Police say they searched the...

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This story is not getting any better.


FDLE criminal probe of Starke Police: Guns, money, drugs among 2,500 pieces of missing evidence April 3rd, 2024 STARKE, Fla. — Action News Jax's Ben Becker is getting answers about a Northeast Florida police department now under a state criminal investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith informe...

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Former Chief gets 10 days in jail!


Former Nyssa chief convicted of misconduct, sentenced to jail, loses badge April 3rd, 2024 Ray Rau, Tillamook police chief and former chief in Nyssa, was convicted of official misconduct Wednesday for tampering with evidence. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and must give up his certification as a law enforcement officer that he has held since 1...

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Guilty! Vermont State Trooper Stole Evidence.


'Breach of trust': Former state trooper strikes plea deal in evidence room theft case April 5th, 2024 Giancarlo DiGenova, who resigned his position last year, received a probationary sentence Friday after admitting to five criminal charges, including a felony grand larceny count for the theft of a $14,000 gold Rolex watch. BURLINGTON — A former Ver...

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You can't make this stuff up!


Garda jailed for stealing €70 cannabis exhibit from station while drunk at work 3/24/2024 A Dublin Garda who was drunk when she sent her partner a picture of drugs and a text message saying, "Baby, I got you this", has been given six months in jail for stealing a €70 cannabis exhibit from her station. Garda Holly Lane, 34, denied theft of the canna...

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Another fire, evidence in jeopardy!


Forest Gate fire: Policing operations in east London unaffected despite station blaze, says Met March 11th, 2024 Policing operations in the London borough of Newham will be "unaffected" despite a fire at a police station yesterday, the Metropolitan Police said. Around 175 firefighters and 30 fire engines tackled the blaze at Forest Gate police stat...

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Keep checking for unsolved cases!


A Year Later, Genealogy Identifies Second Suspect in 1970 Homicide March 22nd, 2024 A little over a year after identifying a suspect in the 1970 homicide of 16-year-old Pamela Lynn Conyers, the Anne Arundel County Police Department (Maryland) have identified a second suspect. On March 10, 2023, the Anne Arundel County Police Department announced at...

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Unsecured evidence is a epidemic!


Officials grapple with major shakeups of Starke's city government March 22nd, 2024 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As of March 1, the Starke Police Department has been absorbed by the Bradford County Sheriff's Office. This comes as part of a series of changes within Starke's government that included a resignation by the city clerk and a raid of City Hall by t...

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Change the locks or at least the key cards!


'Broken his oath.' Former Kentucky police officer jailed in drug thefts from office March 1st, 2024 A former Kentucky police officer who stole drugs from the evidence room because of his addiction was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday. Michael Correll, a former captain with the Somerset Police Department, pleaded guilty to a total of 20 fe...

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The rats did what?


'They're all high': Louisiana police say rats eating marijuana in evidence room March 12th, 2024 New Orleans superintendent tells council committee that rodents have infested the building and requests to move headquarters Cops in New Orleans are on the tail of a brazen gang of narcotics traffickers who broke into the evidence room at police headqua...

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Do you inspect drugs when they are returned?


NJ police lieutenant arrested for stealing cocaine, fentanyl from evidence room: 'Brazen disregard of the law' January 2024 ANew Jersey police lieutenant swiped cocaine and fentanyl from the county prosecutor's evidence room — then tried to return the drugs in "substantially different" condition after higher-ups began asking questions about what he...

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Guilty! Drugs and money prove too tempting again.


Former Scottsbluff Police captain pleads guilty to two felonies March 6th, 2024 SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - A former Scottsbluff Police captain accused of stealing drugs and money from the department's evidence room pleaded guilty to two felony charges Tuesday. Brian Wasson, 52, pled guilty to two felony counts of theft by unlawful taking in excess ...

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Mice ate the marijuana? Probably not...


Eight Argentine police officers have been dismissed for blaming missing drugs on mice. 4/12/2018 Investigators discovered 540kg (1,191lb) of marijuana missing from a police warehouse in Pilar, north-west of Buenos Aires. The city's former police commissioner, Javier Specia, and fellow officers told a judge the drugs were "eaten by mice". Forensic e...

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Possible change of plea?


Former Vermont State Police trooper may change plea in stolen evidence case February 16th, 2024 The case against a former Vermont state trooper accused of stealing from a police evidence room may be headed to a resolution. In court on Friday, Giancarlo DiGenova's attorney told the judge that he anticipates having a plea agreement to file with the c...

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Property Evidence Manager - New Port Richey, Fl


Salary: $64,411.42 Annually Job Requirements: BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university is required. An associate's degree or 60+ hours from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of law enforcement or active military service may be considered in lieu of the BA/BS requirement. HighSchool Diploma and four (4) years of...

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Forensic Genetic Genealogy does it again!


FBI's Genealogy Team IDs Suspect in 1972, 1979 Murders February 9th, 2024 In May 1972, 59-year-old Nellie Hicks, was sexually assaulted and murdered in her Newark, California home. The person responsible for Ms. Hicks' murder and assault was not identified. Seven years later in May 1979, 48-year-old Theresa Pica was sexually assaulted and murdered ...

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Criminal charges are becoming a trend.


Former Dundy County Sheriff facing charges requests case be moved to Lincoln County February 7th, 2024 DUNDY COUNTY, Neb. — The recalled former Dundy County Sheriff charged with stealing a firearm from the sheriff's office has pleaded not guilty as he requests his case be moved out of Dundy County. RECALLED FORMER DUNDY COUNTY SHERIFF CHARGED WITH ...

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It takes money to solve cold cases!


Genetic genealogy is cracking cases once thought unsolvable. Not all police forces can afford to use it February 8th. 2024 Toronto Police have solved 21 cases in past 2 years, thanks to provincial grant As more police forces crack decades-old cold cases with the help of genetic genealogy, Montreal police have yet to have a major breakthrough on a c...

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New Chief doesn't last 30 days!


New Haven Police Department dissolves after new chief resigns amid his concerns about evidence handling February 7th, 2024 On Jan. 8, Police Chief John Hallquist was sworn in. He resigned on Jan. 31. NEW HAVEN, Mo. — The City of New Haven, Missouri, dissolved its police department after the chief suddenly resigned. New Haven is in Franklin County, ...

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Judge visits the property room


Updated: Expert confirms no tampering of Keith Schembri mobile evidence bag after inspection February 2nd, 2024 A court- appointed IT expert has confirmed, during a site visit at the courts of justice's evidence strongroom, that a mobile phone belonging to former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri was in the same state that he had left it in, when h...

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Please keep records when you sell guns.


Oxford County commissioners to ask Gov. Mills to remove sheriff from office February 2nd, 2024 SOUTH PARIS (WGME) -- The Oxford County sheriff is in danger of losing his job. County commissioners say they plan to ask the governor to remove Sheriff Christopher Wainwright from office. As an elected official, he will remain on duty during this process...

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The took how much?


Columbus police officers arrested Thursday tied to case of rogue narcotics detectives February 2nd, 2024 Two Columbus police officers have been arrested in a federal drug investigation where they're accused of stealing cocaine and trying to sell it in a case connected to the previous arrest of two other Columbus officers. A federal grand jury indic...

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Colorado Cold case linked to Las Vegas Cold Case


Westminster police solve 1975 cold case after exhuming suspect's body January 31st, 2024 DENVER (KDVR) — The Westminster Police Department said Wednesday they've solved a murder case from 48 years ago. The case was first reported by a couple riding their motorcycles who found Teree Becker's body on Dec. 6, 1975. According to a release from Westmins...

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Keep checking for old evidence


Las Vegas cold case homicide solved with DNA, earlier victim identified in Colorado  January 31st, 2024 LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — More than 30 years after Sherrie Bridgewater's body was found in a Las Vegas apartment, police were able to identify her killer using DNA evidence, detectives announced Wednesday. In May 1991, officers with the Las Vegas M...

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Guilty! Next stop prison.


Former Kentucky officer pleads guilty in connection to drug thefts from evidence room January 20th, 2024 A former Somerset police officer has pleaded guilty in connection with stealing drugs from the evidence room at the police department. Michael Correll, 45, pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to 11 charges of third-degree burglary; four charges of tapering w...

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Property Management Specialist - Council Bluffs, IA


Salary: $23.96/HR with step increases to $30.58/HR (SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS) Job Requirements: Graduation from an accredited college or university with completion of an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement or a related fieldA minimum of two (2) years experience working with a law enforcement agency A minimum of two (2) years experience in a res...

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You threw what in the dumpster?


City issues new policy in wake of police scandalDrug evidence was found disposed in city dumpster December 21st, 2023 The City of Fayette and the Fayette Police Department announced Thursday morning sweeping changes to its policy regarding the destruction of evidence. The changes come in the wake of a scandal within the department after old case ev...

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Never stop trying to solve old cases!


Arrest made in 1980 St. Clair County cold case murder.Detectives cite advancements in DNA testing December 18th, 2023 PORT HURON, Mich. – After more than 40 years, a murder case in St. Clair County might finally be closed. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office said it made an arrest last week in a murder case that has been unsolved since 1980. Dete...

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During a DV investigation cops find stolen firearms.


Former Kentucky FBI agent pleads guilty to federal charges, admits taking guns from storage November 28th, 2023 LEXINGTON, Ky. — A former Central Kentucky FBI agent pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges after he illegally took guns from an FBI storage office, according to court records. Michael Van Aelstyn, 45, pleaded guilty to obstruction of j...

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Silent auction for guns from the property room?


Ellettsville police, Monroe County sheriff's office selling confiscated guns in auction December 21st. 2023 ELLETTSVILLE − Among the 54 guns displayed on long tables at U.S Defense Solutions is a non-functioning 1930s Smith & Wesson top-break pistol, a Mossberg pump-action 12-gauge shotgun and a pair of matching Thompson Center Arms' muzzleload...

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The Lieutenant did what?


Police lieutenant stole drugs from evidence room, New Jersey AG says December 20th, 2023 A lieutenant from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office is being accused of removing narcotics evidence, including cocaine and fentanyl, from storage without lawful authorization and later returning the drugs but in "substantially different" conditions, officia...

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Is $73,000 worth your job?


Former Kensett police chief accused of stealing $73,000 in city funds December 5th, 2023 The former Kensett police chief was arrested Tuesday in the theft of about $73,000 in city funds, the Arkansas State Police said in a news release. John Pollard was arrested on felony charges of theft of property and abuse of office, the release says. At the ti...

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Evidence is not for your personal use!


Former Dundy County Sheriff arrested as part of investigation into firearms missing from sheriff's office December 8th, 2023 DUNDY COUNTY, Neb. — The former Dundy County Sheriff who was recalled from office last month has been arrested on charges related to firearms missing from the sheriff's office. INTERIM SHERIFF TAKES OVER IN DUNDY COUNTY AFTER...

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It is never to late for justice! Indictment in cold case.


Indictment served in double homicide cold case December 8th, 2023 Billye Brown of Abilene has been officially indicted with two counts of murder in the first degree. According to Taylor County Court documents, Brown was indicted Thursday as a suspect in the 1982 murder of his wife and stepdaughter. Grand jurors believe that Brown did "intentionally...

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Missing Evidence Just Doesn't Happen in the U.S.


Keith Schembri's "missing" mobile was still in sealed evidence bag after clerical error, expert testifies 11/20/23 A court expert, appointed to look for exhibits that Keith Schembri's lawyers had claimed to have sinisterly "disappeared," has given a more prosaic explanation as to why they were found amongst exhibits in a related case - someone forg...

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Property and Evidence Technicians finally receiving some long overdue recognition!


Lubbock Texas employee awarded property and evidence technician of the year November 13th, 2023 LUBBOCK, Texas – Amanda Evans, an intake and release manager with the Lubbock Police Department was named the Property and Evidence Technician of the Year throughout the entire state of Texas on Tuesday. Evans received this award at the annual Texas Asso...

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A comprehensive audit provides a path to fixing problems.


Progress continues in Santa Fe police evidence room, but annual audits and policy overhauls lacking Ocotber 25th, 2023 Santa Fe police officials and Mayor Alan Webber say the city police department has cleaned up its evidence handling procedures and has invested in improvements following a scathing report in January 2020 that found a lack of proper...

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Was it never collected, lost, or never turned in?


Anaheim detective testifies to mishandling now-missing video evidence in murder trial October 25th, 2023 An Anaheim police investigator has admitted to mishandling surveillance footage that allegedly shows a suspect fleeing the scene of a fatal 2015 stabbing, prompting the defendant in the murder case to ask that the charges be dismissed. The surve...

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If you steal drugs, don't sell them to an informant!


Inglewood Police Officer Sold Cocaine Taken from Evidence Locker October 16th, 2023 A former police officer who allegedly stole drugs out of the evidence lock-up and sold them to an informant is expected to accept a plea deal in lieu of a hefty prison sentence. A former member of the Inglewood Police Department is expected to plead guilty to drug d...

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Missing/Corrupted evidence! Where is yours being stored?


Bibb County investigators lost and damaged evidence in Macon murder case, judge says October 3rd, 2023 A superior court judge ruled Tuesday that the Bibb County district attorney's office and sheriff's office mishandled evidence and acted in bad faith in a murder case set to go to trial this month. Investigators lost text messages and a doorbell vi...

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Forensic Genealogy helps identify a victim!


Orange County Sheriff's Office identifies woman in 1990 cold case murder September 28th, 2023 HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The Orange County Sheriff's Office identified an unknown woman decades after her murder in 1990. Using new technology and forensic genealogy, investigators identified a woman found by road crews 33 years ago. Experts believe som...

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Just do it right the first time!


Audit of Wichita Police Department finds no missing, mishandled evidence Enter Article September 21st, 2023 A property and evidence audit of the Wichita Police Department found that no evidence handled by the department was missing or inappropriately reviewed or recorded. The process lasted about a year and was overseen by external auditor Kristina...

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Poor Record Keeping Can Hurt Your Reputation


Philadelphia Sheriff's Office can't account for nearly 200 guns, city controller says September 21st, 2023 PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Sheriff's Office can't account for nearly 200 guns, despite statements the sheriff made suggesting that her office had not misplaced any weapons, according to a new report released by the City Controller. The 18...

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Turn in all drugs given to you by a private citizen


Ex-cop sentenced on drug charges September 17th, 2023 A former Ironton police office was sentenced to one year in prison on Wednesday on drug charges. Bradley Spoljaric, 30, who pleaded guilty on the drug charges, was also fined $100. He may file for judicial release after 30 days. Spoljaric was arrested on July 27, 2022, after an investigation by ...

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Ex-Chief "accidently" takes home $18,000 from the evidence room


Former Kentucky police chief accused in $25,000 theft going to jail in federal case September 15th, 2023 A former Kentucky police chief was sentenced Friday to five months behind bars after being accused of stealing more than $25,000. Jason D. Cross, who was police chief in Columbia, took the money between February 2020 and February 2021, according...

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Washington Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Shrinking


Sexual Assault Kits Backlogs On Track To Be Cleared By The WA Crime Lab In The Next 3 Months September 11th, 2023 The Washington State Crime Lab reports that by the end of the year, scientists should be able to completely clear out massive backlogs of sexual assault kits that have been sitting on evidence shelves for decades. According to Fox 13 Se...

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Another cold case solved by a familial DNA match


Arrest in 1994 cold case killing of woman found slain in her Springfield home September 11th, 2023 A suspect has been arrested in the murder of a Virginia woman dating back almost three decades, detectives in Northern Virginia announced Monday. The victim, Robin Lawrence, 37, was found stabbed to death in her home on Reseca Lane in Springfield on N...

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Victims in 40 states can track their sexual assault kits


Sexual assault survivors can now track their rape kits in most states September 9th, 2023 It can take hours for a sexual assault victim to undergo the multiple swabs, hair samples, blood and urine collections, and other invasive procedures of a sexual assault examination. And then it can take months, sometimes years, for investigators to process th...

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