Choctaw police look to clear out backlog of unclaimed property

More than 200 items, ranging from firearms to holiday decorations, are collecting dust in storage rooms and on shelving at the Choctaw Police Department.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Modified: July 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm •  Published: July 27, 2012
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Most of the remainder was seized during drug busts or domestic disputes, he said. Before forfeiture, the list of property was posted at three locations around town, Clay said.

“It's property dating back several years and it's cases that's either been disposed of or people hadn't returned for their property,” he said. “We can't keep stuff forever, so if no one has claimed it, the city can file for destruction or forfeit.”

Most the weapons are stored in a locked storage room, but the rest of the property sits on shelves in the department's garage/maintenance area. In one corner, new wood paneling indicates the new property room Clay and his officers are currently building.

Once the old stuff is gone, he said, all the department's property will be stored in one easy-to-navigate facility.

The room is currently an empty boxed-in area in the corner of the garage. It will soon include an updated system for inventorying and disposing of property, Clay said.

“Actually I'm pretty close,” he said. “All I need to do now is paint it, get the cameras installed and put the shelving in.”