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07

Former deputies plead no contest to stealing seized drugs and selling them

In March of 2015, Logan August entered the property room under the false premise of removing that marijuana for burial and destruction and took 351 pounds of marijuana. August 6, 2020 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer announced a resolution in a significant plea in a case involving the two former Kern County Sheriff...
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JUL
06

2 Sheriff's Employees Charged in Case of Missing Evidence

1 Authorities in Kansas say two former Sedgwick County Sheriff's employees have been arrested and charged with theft and other counts after an audit uncovered nearly $150,000 missing from evidence  July 2, 2020 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two former Sedgwick County Sheriff's employees have been arrested and charged with theft and other counts, author...
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JUN
12

4 years after being charged with evidence theft, former Havasu cop remains at large

May be in the Boston area, sources say.  June 12, 2012 It has been four years since felony charges were brought against a former Lake Havasu City police detective accused of stealing drug evidence in multiple criminal cases from his own department. He now remains a wanted man, and authorities believe he is in the Boston area. According to inve...
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JUN
12

What it can cost to get arrested at a protest

When he was finally released, the police didn't give him back any of his things — not his wallet with his bank cards and ID, not his phone, not his house keys or car keys. Instead, they kept them as evidence and sent them to the property room. June 11, 2020  When he was finally released, the police didn't give him back any of his things — not ...
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MAY
08

Salisbury officer suspended, two employees cleared, one retires amidst four internal investigations

100% Inventory of Property Room under supervision of independent forensic auditor in partnership with Maryland State Police May 8, 2020 SALISBURY, Md. – City officials gave an update on Thursday regarding four separate investigations involving members of the city's police department. "We also want to reassure the public that their law enforcement o...
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JUN
08

Hamilton police have a WWI veteran’s tombstone. Do you know where it goes?

Enter Headline here June 5, 2019 — The Hamilton Police Department is working to determine where a gravestone apparently meant to recognize the final resting place of a World War I veteran is supposed to be. Sgt. Richard Burkhardt said the gravestone belonging to Elick Maynard was found on the west side of town in an alley and brought to the departm...
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MAY
02

Former TPD property room officer enters plea in federal court

Investigators discovered the pistol previously had been recovered by police in 2015 and had been marked as destroyed April 29, 2019 A retired Toledo police officer pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing guns from the department's property room that he had falsely marked as having been destroyed. Curtis Stone, Sr., 56, of Delta, Ohio, entered a...
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MAR
08

Former Toledo officer accused of having pistol previously marked as destroyed

A former Toledo police officer is facing a federal charge after law enforcement officials say he stole a weapon and other items from an evidence room. March 8 2019 A former Toledo police officer is facing a federal charge after law enforcement officials say he stole a weapon and other items from an evidence room. While searching the home of Curtis ...
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FEB
15

Toledo police investigating retired officer related to missing firearm

Enter Headline here February 14, 2019 Toledo police are investigating a retired officer who worked in the department's property room after a firearm — and possibly other items — went missing. The internal breach has prompted the department to spend $10,000 on "additional security technology in the department's property room and updating policy and ...
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JAN
25

Tulsa County Sheriff's property room overflowing

The property room currently houses about 56,000 pieces of property and evidence held by the sheriff's office. JANUARY 23, 2019 Stored personal property at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is becoming a big strain on law enforcement. The property room storing items of jail inmates belongings is running out of space to store pertinent items, like ev...
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NOV
29

Deputy accused of stealing from people he arrested sentenced to 3 years probation


Bermudez didn't book it into the sheriff's property room and tried to pocket the money. November 28, 2018 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A sentence was handed down for Edward Bermudez, a former Kern County Sheriff's deputy accused of stealing from the people he arrested. Bermudez was sentenced to three years probation. The sheriff's office says Bermudez was...
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OCT
13

Property room protects, preserves and returns


O'Sullivan estimates that some items date to the 1950s or '60s. He's recently been asked to find items from the 1970s that relate to the Golden State Killer case. October 12, 2018 A surfboard propped up in a corner of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office property room nearly touches the ceiling. It's wedged in among shelves full of objects as varied...
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OCT
13

Audit underway for BCSO property room


Salazar said the last time the property room had been thoroughly audited was in 1997. October 12, 2018 SAN ANTONIO - The results aren't in yet but changes are on the way. That's what Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said about an audit of the property room at the Sheriff's Office that started last year and covers cases going back to 2014. The sc...
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SEP
10

Reprimand: Deputy seizes marijuana in traffic stop, doesn't report it


How deputy discarded the marijuana isn't disclosed September 10, 2018 BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio -- A Butler County deputy facing a federal lawsuit in connection with withholding and tampering with evidence received a formal reprimand, more than a year prior, for improperly disposing of evidence. The evidence in question? Marijuana. On Sept. 7, 2013, Depu...
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JUN
25

Owner found for prosthetic leg found in the LMPD property room


Louisville Metro Police thanked social media for finding Mr. Frederick Owens. Enter Article DATE HERE LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The owner of a camouflage prosthetic leg found by police has been found. Louisville Metro Police thanked social media for finding Mr. Frederick "Fred" Owens. The Indian Creek Health and Rehab director Chris Allen reac...
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JUN
23

10 pounds of marijuana sent to wrong address in Indiana


Police in Columbus, Ind. are having a bit of fun as they try to find the person who owns 10 pounds of marijuana that ended up at the wrong address. June 22, 2018 COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Police in Columbus, Ind. are having a bit of fun as they try to find the person who owns 10 pounds of marijuana that ended up at the wrong address. "Please help! My name ...
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JUN
08

Lieutenant accused of creating hostile work environment sues Columbus Police

​McFadden is now on desk duty and in the property room, according to the lawsuit, which calls the post "humiliating" and prevents her from receiving overtime pay. June 6. 2018 COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) – A Columbus Police lieutenant who's under internal investigation has sued the Columbus Division of Police on behalf of , who is the subject of an ...
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MAY
19

Drug thefts 'real problem' in police evidence rooms


He said he concluded after the training that "evidence supervision is the scariest job I've ever had. When it goes wrong it goes really wrong and you always catch it late."  May 19, 2018 Editor's note: The Standard-Examiner is choosing not to name the accused evidence technician because she is a private citizen and as of Friday, May 18, 2018, ...
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MAR
05

Former Harper Woods officer sentenced to probation

Michael Lynch, 37, had been charged with six counts of larceny in a building, misconduct in office and possession of heroin after being accused of stealing items from the department's property room in February 2017. March 1, 2018 HARPER WOODS — A former Harper Woods Department of Public Safety officer was sentenced on Feb. 27 after being accused of...
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NOV
30

Former Mobile County deputy arrested on drug, theft charges

"Basically he was making arrests, seizing evidence as part of his responsibilities as a deputy but then not turning that evidence into the property room and using it for his own personal use November 29, 2017 Former Mobile County Sheriff's Office Deputy Seth Stevens was arrested Tuesday, according to the Mobile County District Attorney's Office. Ch...
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NOV
07

Former Framingham cop apologizes for evidence theft, pleads guilty

Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE WOBURN – A former Framingham Police officer tearfully apologized after pleading guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $19,000 from the police department's evidence room more than two years ago. Alan Dubeshter, 56, pleaded with Middlesex Superior Court Judge Jack Lu not to send him to jail. "I made a t...
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AUG
17

Need, opportunity focus of first day of MSP embezzlement trial

The case has been a huge embarrassment to the Michigan State Police because money was taken from the Cadillac Post's property room and he will show the post was unsecured, which gave people who shouldn't have the opportunity to be in the property room a chance to enter it. August 17, 2017 CADILLAC — The embezzlement case against retired Michigan St...
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AUG
12

Putnam: County officials want missing evidence story to go away but should it?

At a March news conference, the sheriff called it a "colossal failure of leadership" on the part of his predecessor. August 12, 2017 LANSING – Few of us would want the assignment facing the new Ingham County sheriff last spring. A review of the sheriff office's evidence room showed widespread problems affecting 1,700 pieces of evidence. Sheriff Sco...
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AUG
11

Second Harper Woods police officer faces drug charge


It is alleged that Lynch stole various items from the Harper Woods Police Department property room between Feb. 4 and Feb. 10. August 11, 2017 HARPER WOODS, Mich. - A Harper Woods police officer has been charged with using a controlled substance, Judge Daniel Palmer announced. Officer John Biernat was arraigned Friday on a misdemeanor charge of con...
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10

Madison police change protocol to deal with fentanyl

Officers are now required to wear protective gloves, eye protection and masks when handling suspected drugs. Enter Article DATE HERE MADISON, Wis. - The Madison Police Department has changed the protocol used for dealing with suspected drugs being processed into evidence. The change is being made to improve officer safety and prevent exposure ...
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AUG
08

Detective accused of theft from police property room, heroin possession

Michael Lynch, 37, is suspected of stealing "various items" from the property room August 9, 2017 HARPER WOODS, MI -- A former Harper Woods police officer is accused of stealing from his own department's property room over a week-long period in February. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement that police officer Michael Lynch, 37,...
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JUL
13

2 former Ellis County deputies to appear in federal court on gun theft charges


Two former Ellis County Sheriff's Office deputies have admitted to stealing and selling guns they took from the sheriff's office property room. July 12, 2017 WAXAHACHIE – Two former Ellis County Sheriff's Office deputies have admitted to stealing and selling guns they took from the sheriff's office property room. Former ECSO Lt. Philip Gary Slaught...
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JUL
03

Former sheriff’s office deputies set to appear in federal court for gun theft

Lt. Philip Gary Slaughter II is set to enter a guilty plea for his role an alleged gun thef Enter Article DATE HERE WAXAHACHIE — Former Ellis County Sheriff's Office Lt. Philip Gary Slaughter II is set to enter a guilty plea for his role an alleged gun theft. He allegedly stole and sold firearms from the sheriff's office property room and has ...
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JUN
14

19 guns were unaccounted for in Riverside police property room

guns, cash and drugs were unaccounted for Enter Article DATE HERE RIVERSIDE The Riverside Police Department's property room became a place where guns, cash and drugs were unaccounted for by the time Montgomery County Sheriff's Office officials this year declared it was "not in operational capacity," according to a Riverside police memorandum o...
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JUN
06

Ex-Springfield police officer Kevin Burnham died before pleading guilty

Burnham allegedly stole $400,000 from evidence room June 6, 2017 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a tragic ending to the life of a retired Springfield Police Officer, who had been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the police department's evidence room. Kevin Burnham allegedly stole nearly $400,000, between 2009 and 2014. H...
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MAY
04

With a St. Paul cop's help, man's cremains are back with his family

A diligent sergeant in the property room of St. Paul Police Department reunited a family with the ashes of James Harris, which had been left abandoned at Oakland Cemetery in St. Paul May 5, 2016 James Harris was a family man; a father of nine, uncle and brother beloved by kin from Illinois to Arkansas to Minnesota. Now, more than seven years after ...
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MAY
01

ONLY ON KOLD: Inside Tucson's crime vault

It is considered by the International Association For Property and Evidence to be the nation's best evidence and property storage facility and it's right here in Tucson. May 1, 2017 TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It is considered by the International Association For Property and Evidence to be the nation's best evidence and property storage fa...
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FEB
27

Over 700 Untested Rape Kits Found By SFPD


"While I appreciate the progress, this also doesn't account for the other 1,135 unprocessed rape kits that sit untested at the SFPD because they have passed statute of limitations." February 27, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO—In 2010, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors legislated that all rape kits, used to collect biological information from victims of se...
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DEC
17

Former New London police officer found dead in car


A former New London police officer, who resigned last year after an investigation into problems in the department's property room, was found dead   inside a vehicle in the commuter lot at Exit 24 on Interstate 395. December 13, 2016 Griswold — A former New London police officer, who resigned last year after an investigation...
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DEC
12

Inmates Stole Pills From Monmouth County Jail Property Room: Complaint


The two broke into the room using a jail ID card on multiple occasions, authorities said. December 12, 2016 FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ — A pair of Monmouth County jail inmates are facing drug and conspiracy charges after they stole prescription drugs from the bulk property room at the jail, according to a criminal complaint. A third inmate has been char...
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DEC
11

Miami police should let others probe missing guns, union chief says

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DEC
06

Former DPD officer given probation


a former property and evidence section sergeant for the DPD, has been accused of stealing nearly $15,000 in cash that had been lawfully placed in the DPD's property and evidence section. Dec 6, 2016 A former Douglas Police Department Sergeant has been placed on four years probation and ordered to pay $14,991.90 in restitution to the DPD after accep...
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NOV
03

Former cop who stole money, drugs sentenced to six years in prison


Admitting he used his position to steal money and narcotics from the department's property room, was sentenced today to six years in prison. November 3, 2016 A former Mount Vernon Police Department detective who pleaded guilty in March to a federal extortion charge, admitting he used his position to steal money and narcotics from the department's p...
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NOV
03

Former CPD narcotics supervisor pleads guilty as part of plea bargain


Coomes, who resigned from CPD Oct. 22, 2015, was accused of obtaining narcotics out of the police department's evidence room under the guise of using them in educational programs. November 3, 2016 A former Columbus Police Department narcotics division supervisor pleaded guilty Thursday to felony possession of methamphetamine, felony official miscon...
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OCT
08

JCSO under investigation after audit

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14

5 Investigates obtains police evidence room audit finding thousands of dollars unaccounted for


Enter Headline here September 14, 2016 BRAINTREE, Mass. —5 Investigates has obtained a copy of an audit of the Braintree Police evidence room, and it shows missing evidence connected to criminal cases dating back to 1999. 5 Investigates first reported that the Norfolk County district attorney's office has been reviewing cases from 2013 to the prese...
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