Property Room News Blotter

Drugs, money, and valuables: Put them in one place and someone will try to find a way to "borrow" a little for themselves. Unfortunately, stories about illegal activity in police departments' property and evidence rooms are all too common. Here are a few recent headlines.



Thousands in cash missing from Sweetwater police evidence room
October 30, 2013 - SWEETWATER, Fla. - Federal authorities are investigating the disappearance of thousands of dollars in cash from a Sweetwater police evidence room, Sweetwater Mayor José M. Díaz said Tuesday.
Money is also missing from payments made to recover towed vehicles in the city following police arrests, Díaz said.
“As far as I know, it amounts to thousands of dollars,” Díaz said. “I don’t know who was responsible for that money.”

Former Raytown policeman accused of stealing from police evidence room
October 25, 2013 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former Raytown policeman checked out evidence from multiple cases under the guise of photographing the contents for an educational class. But court documents allege that Justin Pool, 35, removed items from evidence bags, including jewelry and controlled substances, before returning them.
The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office announced on Friday that Pool faces three counts of theft/stealing any controlled substance and two counts theft/stealing of property. Pool was an officer for the Raytown Police Department when the alleged crimes were committed on multiple occasions in January of 2013. Pool resigned from the department, but neither the police department nor the prosecutor’s office released the exact date when FOX 4 inquired on Friday.
A probable cause statement alleges that Pool committed the first theft on January 11 when he checked out evidence that included 32 pills of Oxycodone and replaced those pills with 32 pink colored tablets. The Missouri State Highway Patrol later tested those pills and found that the pink tablets contained no controlled substances.

Son of judge pleads not guilty to stealing 16 lbs of cocaine from evidence room
October 17, 2013 - BATON ROUGE, La. - The son of an East Baton Rouge Parish judge entered a not guilty plea Thursday morning to multiple charges, including of stealing nearly 16 pounds of cocaine from an evidence locker.
William Bates Colvin, son of Judge Kay Bates, and a former employee with the Clerk of Courts Office, has been charged with obstruction of justice and malfeasance in office. He was an evidence room employee.
Colvin, 30, was indicted on drug, malfeasance in office and obstruction of justice charges in July. The drugs were stolen out of an evidence locker in December 2012.


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