Evidence Rooms in the News: February 2015

Here's a quick summary of some evidence rooms making headlines across the United States in February 2015.

 

 

Audit conducted in Troy Police evidence room, items reported missing

February 18, 2015 — TROY, N.Y. — NEWS10 ABC in Upstate New York reported that a State Comptroller's Office audit in 2012-2013 of the Troy (N.Y.) Police Department's evidence room turned up 17 misplaced items and 10 missing items (including drugs, a digital camera, a dirt bike, and license plates). A total of 508 items had been audited.


Police audit found problems with evidence storage, records

February 17, 2015 — JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. — At another police department audited by the State Comptroller's Office in New York, a sampling of 417 items revealed that 31% "were not accurately recorded, and of those, 26 were missing from the location listed on the property room inventory," reported WBNG Binghamton.


Former police chief charged in missing evidence case

February 17, 2015 — GREENSBURG, Ind. — After resigning from her position as Greensburg Chief of Police in December, Stacey L. Chasteen turned herself in to authorities last week. The Daily News reports that she allegedly admitted to stealing more than $70,000 worth of cash from the police department's evidence room.

 

 
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