Monday, 24 May 2021 18:00

SBI investigating Hamlet PD's handling of evidence

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HAMLET — The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is looking into how evidence has been handled by the Hamlet Police Department — at the behest of the new chief.


Anjanette Grube, spokesperson for the SBI confirmed Monday that Chief Dennis Brown and District Attorney Reece Saunders requested that the agency “investigate allegations of altering, destroying, stealing or misappropriation of evidence” within the department.

“When I resumed responsibility for the department, there are several areas of high liability that I like to assess and audit — one of those, of course, being the operation of the evidence room and our retention policies on property,” Brown told the RO on Monday. 

Brown came to the department in April after serving as police chief in Hertford.

“As a result of that, there were inconsistencies that were discovered and based on those inconsistencies, we reached out to the district attorney’s office and the State Bureau of Investigation,” Brown continued.

Grube said the investigation is ongoing.