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Cops: Former Davenport police employee stole gun from department

Orlando Sentinel,
BYLINE: Susan Jacobson, Orlando Sentinel
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Davenport, FL

A former Davenport police evidence custodian was arrested Friday after investigators said she stole a gun from the agency.

In April, a Taurus .38-caliber handgun was turned in by a resident who asked that it be destroyed. The evidence custodian, Yvonne Baumann, 54, offered to buy it, but the owner declined, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

Baumann, who also served as an administrative assistant in the Police Department, took the gun from the property and evidence room in June, deputies said.

The agency let her go in August for unrelated reasons.

Police realized the gun was missing, launched an investigation and questioned Baumann at her home. She handed over the gun, which was in a grocery bag in her kitchen, deputies said.

Baumann, who lives in Haines City, was arrested on a charge of grand theft of a firearm and booked into the Polk County Jail.

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