Property and Evidence Rooms in the Headlines

Here's a few property-and-evidence stories of interest that we gleaned from recent headlines...


Utah County employee accused of sealing prescription drugs
May 17, 2019 — UTAH COUNTY, UTAH — The Utah County Sheriff's Office has been investigating the report of missing drugs from a disposal barrel. As a result, prosecutors were expected to file charges against an employee for allegedly stealing drugs connected to a dozen criminal cases. The Salt Lake Tribune reported: "In response to the internal audit, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office evaluated its procedures and made some changes ... which included installing more surveillance cameras."

Retired police officers indicted in missing evidence case
May 14, 2019 — HONOLULU, HAWAII — Two retired police officers were indicted following an investigation into cocaine that went missing from the Big Island Police Department's evidence room in 2018.

Weapons, money missing from evidence room
May 13, 2019 — ATWATER, CALIFORNIA — The Department of Justice audited the Atwater Police Department and found problems that that resulted in the loss or misplacement of evidence and money. The agency's new police chief is working on solutions to overcome the property room's problems, including remodeling and a new training program for employees.

Former mayor arrested fore selling items from evidence room
May 14, 2019 — ACHILLE, OKLAHOMA — The former mayor of Achille, Oklahoma admitted to taking guns, drugs, and $11,000 cash from the city's evidence room.

Audit reveals lax standards in Utah evidence rooms
May 8, 2019 — ST. GEORGE, UTAH — A 19-page report released by the Utah State Auditor's Office based on a review of seven agencies between August 2018 and April 2019 showed issues with record-keeping, temporarily misplaced items, and lack of adequate access control to property rooms.

Former cop gets probation for stealing money from evidence department
May 1, 2019 — STEELTON, PENNSYLVANIA — A former police officer plead guilty to stealing money from the Steelton Police Department over the span of more than seven years. The amount totaled around $1000, and was caught by an audit of the evidence room in 2018.

Former officer pleads guilty to possession of stolen firearm
April 30, 2019 — TOLEDO, OHIO — A former Toledo Police officer plead guilty to taking a gun from the department's evidence room. The officer was found to be in possession of two weapons that he had registered in the P&E room as destroyed.


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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.