CCSO’s Evidence Unit receives, catalogs and stores evidentiary, abandoned, forfeited and found property in accordance with state and local law.
Evidentiary items remain in custody of the Sheriff’s Office in the Evidence Unit until the case is complete and/or authorization has been obtained from the deputy or investigator in charge of the case. Authorization must be received before items are returned. A court order can also be obtained for the return of items. If items are turned in via a court order then a court order is needed to have them returned (Firearms turned in because of injunctions or no contact orders)
Found property: If an owner is known, a letter is sent to the last known address informing them their property has been found. A weekly list is posted in the Sheriff’s Office lobby area. If a finder wishes to place a claim on an item they found, they must contact the Evidence unit within 5 business days of the find or the claim will not be accepted.
Found property is held for 90 days and then disposed.
To claim items the owner must contact the Evidence Unit at 239-252-0823 to verify items are on releasable status and to make an appointment. Appointments for the public are made between the hours of 0930-1530 on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Unclaimed property and evidence per state statute 705.105
If the property is of appreciable value, the agency may elect to:
1. Retain the property for the agency’s own use;
2. Transfer the property to another unit of state or local government;
3. Donate the property to a charitable organization;
4. Sell the property at public sale
If the property is not of appreciable value, the law enforcement agency may elect to destroy it.
Unclaimed property at CCSO is auctioned through the website www.propertyroom.com