Trouble in the Metro Transit Police Evidence Room

The Metro Transit Police Property and Evidence room took in 9,400 items in 2013. It's a lot to keep track of, and items do go missing.

A 2007 audit could not find a spray paint can or liquor sample, as well as some paperwork. The culprit, likely the room's disorganization, which has improved since 2007 with another audit in 2013.

A Fox 9 source said that now, items are missing, and an employee is under investigation, possibly for taking them. That employee holds a high-level position. Metro Transit police will only say they were made aware of a "situation" late last year, and are now conducting an internal investigation. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is also investigating.

Fox 9 has also learned that the same employee under investigation at the Metro Transit police used to work at the New Hope Police Department as a clerk from 2004 to 2012. According to city records, the clerk was never disciplined, but was once investigated after a complaint was made.

Trouble in the evidence room is nothing new in Minnesota. In 2005, a BCA agent pleaded guilty to stealing cocaine from the evidence room, and in 2009, a scandal erupted when members of the Metro Gang Strike Force were accused of taking home expensive flat screen TVs, laptops, jet skis and jewelry. The scandal would lead to a state audit.

As to what's happening in the Metro Transit Police Evidence Room, police are keeping that information locked away for now. The source said the Metro Transit police employee under investigation is currently on leave. The BCA would not say what they're investigating, but that they'll turn over the results to the county attorney when finished, which is standard procedure.

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