As much as $175,000 in cash may be missing from the Hollywood, Fla., Police Department's evidence room, reports the Miami Herald. The Broward State Attorney's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are focused on John Nevins, 51, a retired police sergeant whose job included overseeing the evidence room for the past few years. Nevins was allegedly captured on video being let into the room's back door and moving boxes out. “I went to get empty boxes to pack with gifts for the needy,” Nevins, who retired last April, told the paper. “We stored empty boxes down there.”
He said he was not aware of the investigation. The evidence depository, which is under video monitoring and scanned inventory control, stores all property seized in connection with a criminal case. Often this includes money, drugs, guns and other valuables collected at a crime scene. The police department's procedure calls for every item placed into evidence to be fully described and logged on forms. All money must be put in a currency pouch and separated from other property.