Evidence mounting for Richland County Sheriff’s Office

MANSFIELD — Between the crime lab and an undisclosed location, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office has everything from cars to construction equipment to electronics.

It’s all unclaimed or forfeited property.

“If we took everything and sold it, I’d guess we have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property,” Capt. Eric Bosko said.

So what happens to the goodies?

“A lot of stuff depends on the case,” Bosko said. “If it’s evidence, we have to wait for the criminal case to be taken care of.”

The Ohio Revised Code offers other guidelines. Firearms for police work may be given to law enforcement for that purpose. Firearms suitable for sporting use or as museum pieces or collectors’ items may be sold at public auction.

All other firearms are to be destroyed.

“We do both (swap and destroy),” Bosko said.

The captain said the sheriff’s office will follow the order of the court or the prosecutor’s office to destroy certain guns. Others will be sold to federally licensed dealers.

“Sometimes we convert them to our own use,” Bosko said. “In doing so, that saves us $1,500 to $2,000 to buy a firearm.”

Bosko’s firearm, an AR-15, is an example of a gun that was converted for the department’s use.

One firearm in the crime lab remains a mystery. The 1827 flintlock gun is not linked to any case and has no paperwork. It has been languishing in the crime lab for 15 years.

The Mansfield Police Department destroys confiscated firearms.

“I know there’s millions of guns out there and it’s just a drop in the bucket (to dispose of local guns), but once we get our hands on them, I’d rather have them destroyed than to find out one was used in a crime,” police Chief Dino Sgambellone said.

Sgambellone said he would not want to carry a confiscated gun.

“You wouldn’t know the history of it,” he said.

But guns are far from the only property. Because of the overwhelming amount of items, the sheriff’s office hired retired city police Lt. Dave Nirode on a part-time basis.

“His sole job is to help with the disposition of property,” Bosko said.

Law enforcement agencies often prepare unclaimed or forfeited property for sale. First, a journal with a list of the property goes to the prosecutor’s office.

If the items are linked to a person, a letter goes out by certified mail. Unclaimed property then goes up for auction.

The prosecutor’s office is responsible for doing the advertising.

“Normally, we would hold a traditional auction,” Bosko said.

But the sheriff’s office is preparing for the first time to go online through GovDeals.com to sell property. That route is supposed to produce more money because of the larger audience.

The last regular auction generated about $20,000, divided between the sheriff’s and prosecutor’s offices.

Bosko said the sheriff’s office uses the money to purchase equipment, including bulletproof vests, firearms and radios. Proceeds from the next auction will go for new officer computers.

According to the ORC, any money from the sale of property will be placed in the general fund unless it is related to delinquent child proceedings in juvenile court, in which case 10 percent will be given to one or more alcohol and drug addiction treatment programs.

Sgambellone said the police department has been using GovDeals.com for several years.

“We don’t see that much money from this type of stuff,” he said. “(But) it’s definitely worthwhile to seize assets. It makes it harder for them to continue committing crimes.”

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6 Responses to Evidence mounting for Richland County Sheriff’s Office

  1. buckeyesyd says:

    John DeChiara · Top commenter
    What are they doing, gold plating their guns? $15,000 to $2,000.

  2. buckeyesyd says:

    Mike Monroe · Works at Buckeye Superstore
    Also are they going to announce when they put our local stuff on to go deals.com so that we local folks can pitch in And support our local sheriff’s department

  3. buckeyesyd says:

    Tim Theodorou · Top commenter · 29 years old
    “But the sheriff’s office is preparing for the first time to go online through GovDeals.com to sell property. That route is supposed to produce more money because of the larger audience.”

    Huh? They have been selling on Govdeals before and for a long time.

  4. buckeyesyd says:

    Mike Monroe · Works at Buckeye Superstore
    This guy has to be the stupidest cop ever,” I don’t know the history of the guns?” If he means the effectiveness for the ability for that going to perform then okay I may understand that a little but thats with the range is for. But I think he means that he thinks that it may have been use in a crime to commit murder. Number 1 guns don’t not kill people, people kill people. Number to the gun was used to commit murder that would be linked to a crime and it would be disposed of

    Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · School of Hard Knocks
    I think what they’re eluding to is…they no longer use these confiscated weapons as drop guns to put away folks they don’t like because the lawsuits that stem from this are mounting?.

  5. buckeyesyd says:

    Won’t be seen on the MNJ – Thanks to CENSORSHIP!

    Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · School of Hard Knocks
    “If we took everything and sold it, I’d guess we have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property,” Capt. Eric Bosko said.

    Sgambellone said the police department has been using GovDeals.com for several years.

    “We don’t see that much money from this type of stuff,” he said. “(But) it’s definitely worthwhile to seize assets. It makes it harder for them to continue committing crimes.”

    I wonder which comment is true, or do these two agencies have a different view on what a lot of money is?, or just maybe Bosco is just over estimating to make this story sound good?. I guess IF THEY don’t see much money from this I wonder who does? – “hundreds of thousands worth of property” to ME, is much more than not seeing much money coming from it?. I guess it’s because they don’t sell it for what it’s worth when they sell it to family …and friends.

    This is a BIG BUSINESS, and only those with professional courtesy and immunity can profit from it?. I am willing to bet MOST of this stuff (stolen) one way or another should be given back to it’s rightful owner!. I am sure IF possession wasn’t 9/10’s of the LAW, or people had proof this was theirs and not those it was taken from they wouldn’t have near as much as they do!. Most people can’t prove it was taken from them because law enforcement typically don’t follow up on or catch many of these thieves until THEY can profit from it.

    How many of you can refute this when we have a revolving door criminal system which allows MOST criminals a second chance to steal, so THEY can profit?. It’s a great system – You “the taxpayer” gets ripped off, THEY don’t catch them when you call, THEY catch these thieves who are more than likely parolees on a violation, then THEY confiscate YOUR stuff in which YOU cannot prove is yours.

    This is why Mansfielders needs to record their stuff, so they can recoup it, IF they know it’s been confiscated in a separate raid?. This I know is difficult for the common Richland Countian to grasp, once again proving how the education system is failing!. Maybe a little street smarts are in order?. Some have it, and some don’t!. It’s funny how those of us who know are considered criminals when in reality when THEY point a finger at us there are 3 more pointing back at them.

    Only God will know what’s going on here, for the God they believe in (Judge DeWeese) is the one they go to for their criminal activety protection by abusing what THEY call “professional courtesy” because he has “immunity”.

    The joke is on us, and the Story of Robinhood is still true today – here’s your proof!.

    IF they can’t tax us to death, they will eventully get OUR property one way or another!

    Open your eyes people!

    Maybe since I am writing against THEM, I will have everything I own confiscated?. Telling it like it is, is a crime – lol! (If not now, it will be)

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