Property & Evidence Headlines - June 2015

 Here are some headlines about law enforcement property and evidence rooms from across the United States.

Former Old Town police officer subject of evidence room theft investigation

June 19, 2015 - OLD TOWN, Maine - A veteran officer with the city’s police department who resigned earlier this year is under investigation in connection with a reported theft from the department’s evidence room, Old Town police Chief Scott Wilcox said Friday.

June 19, 2015 - OREGON, Wis. — An Oregon Police Department lieutenant who died unexpectedly and reportedly of natural causes at the age of 38 in January took prescription pills from the department’s evidence room, according to a release issued Friday by the department. An investigation performed by the OPD and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation found that the lieutenant was the "sole person responsible for … variances” in the prescription drug disposal unit at the OPD evidence room.

June 19, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Jurors in the Hampden Superior Court trial of four drug defendants heard about a problem the Springfield Police Department is having when talk turned to $650 taken as evidence in the case. A Springfield police officer testified he went earlier this week to sign out the money police said was taken from the defendant and it was "unaccounted for." Under further questioning, the officer said a criminal investigation is underway at the department after it was found money was missing from the evidence locker.

June 18, 2015 - STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The best defense the attorney for an ex-State College police sergeant could muster was that the former custodian of police evidence allegedly stole 3 pounds of cocaine and some 200 painkillers to feed his own addiction. The Associated Press reports that defense attorney Stephanie Cooper made that assertion Tuesday after a former State College police sergeant was arraigned on dozens of counts of evidence tampering and illegally possessing drugs.
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