Choctaw police look to clear out backlog of unclaimed property
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD NewsOK.com
Friday, July 27, 2012
CHOCTAW — What do candy cane lights, a black powder pistol and a Rolex watch have in common?
They are among an extensive collection of unclaimed property at the Choctaw Police Department — a menagerie destined soon for auction or destruction, said Police Chief Conny Clay.
Spring cleaning uncovered the collection of guns, cash, paperwork and other odds and ends in several storage closets and shelving areas at police headquarters, a converted hardware store on NE 23.
Clay said his staff worked about two months inventorying the property, and then waited several months for a judge to approve their disposition. The stuff worth salvaging — like tools and bicycles — will be auctioned or given away; most of the weaponry will be sawed in half and buried.
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Choctaw Police Chief Conny Clay demonstrates how his department's new property and evidence room will be organized on Thursday. JIM BECKEL/NewsOK.com