Cash missing from Springfield police evidence room

Boston Herald, bostonherald.com
BYLINE: Associated Press

Boston, MA

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri has confirmed that authorities are investigating how some cash went missing from the city police department's evidence room.

Barbieri confirmed the investigation in a statement released Friday in response to a public records request by The Republican newspaper.

The commissioner says the inquiry began last month after officials were unable to locate cash related to closed criminal investigations in which money was seized.

Barbieri didn't say how much cash is unaccounted for. He said an ongoing audit has not turned up any missing drugs, weapons or evidence so far.

Barbieri says the police department notified the state Attorney General's Office and is cooperating with prosecutors.

Barbieri says he ordered a review of how police handle evidence and follow protocols last summer after he became commissioner.

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