The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 21, 2012

Beckley Police chief orders internal inventory of evidence holding room

By Carl "Butch" Antolini
Executive Editor

— Beckley City Police Chief Tim Deems has confirmed to The Register-Herald that an internal inventory of the department’s evidence holding room is currently under way.

Deems said that he ordered the inventory, but declined to provide any further details about what spurred his decision.

“We are in the process of inventorying our property room to make a determination if we have anything missing,” Deems told The Register-Herald. “Once we have that inventory done, I’ll have a better idea of what we are dealing with, if anything.”

Property, or evidence rooms, at police departments serve as a secure holding facility for items law enforcement personnel obtain during the course of investigations including cash, drugs and guns, among other things.

Mayor Emmett Pugh confirmed the police chief’s comments and said the inventory process “will take some time because we are going to be very thorough” and that after results of the check are obtained, “we will have a better determination on what course of action needs to be taken, if any.

“If there are any discrepancies we’ll deal with them appropriately.”