Rogers County cleaning out evidence room

ROGERS COUNTY -- The Rogers County Sheriff's Office is clearing out their evidence room. 

They have hundreds of guns filling several buckets, lawn equipment, tools, bicycles, fishing poles and a saddle to name a few of the items. 

"Every shelf was full," Sherri Batch with the Rogers County Sheriff's Office said. "Every bin was full just finding places to put things, so we knew let's work through this and see what we can get back to the owners." 

It is floor to ceiling of items seized by the sheriff's office and turned over to them. 

"Possible drug activity or a warrant served and they seize this stuff they know doesn't belong at the residence," Batch said explaining why the items were seized. 

The oldest item, a set of tools, has been in their evidence room since 1988. 

"You can't get rid of stuff until the case is closed," Batch said. "Sometimes people spend several times over trying to dispute cases that they have." 

It took more than six months to cross check each item with court documents to make sure the case was closed. Batch said many of the records are on paper, so they had to search through physical files. 

Now they are ready to get the evidence off their hands. 

"The plan is on June 6 at 10:30 a.m. we have a court date that people can come in with proof of ownership and claim their property," Batch said. "We would much rather give them back their property or find the owners to the property."

The proof could be a receipt or documentation showing it was give to you.

Items that are not claimed will go into a sheriff's sale. They have not set a date. 

 

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