Newton Police deal with overflow of bikes in evidence locker

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email
They have dozens of bikes in their evidence locker and now they have the overflow of bikes in a garage.

photo courtesy City of Newton

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Newton, Kan. -- The Newton Police Department's evidence locker is overflowing with bicycles and they say it's taking up valuable space for important evidence in criminal cases.

These are the bikes that are stolen, dumped somewhere, and then never claimed. The police have to store those bikes for 60 days. They have dozens of bikes in their evidence locker and now they have the overflow of bikes in a garage.

"I don't know if you've ever looked at putting that many bikes in your garage but it would take up the entire garage. We simply don't have that type of space," Sgt. Bryan Hall with the Newton Police Department said.

Police say the bigger problem is it's not a good idea to pack bikes into the same place they keep evidence from violent criminal cases, like murder.

"And these bikes they not only take up room but they pose a hazard if they were to fall over or someone were to trip and possibly damage critical evidence," Sgt. Hall said.

The police department has decided to hold a bike auction every two months to try to clear out the clutter. They currently have 33 bicycles up for auction. If you submit a bid you are bidding for the entire lot of bicycles, not just one.

Bids will be accepted until February 7 and can be sent to: bikeauction@newtonkansas.com. For more information, click here.


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