State Attorney: Thefts Show Poor Evidence Handling by Sharon Bock’s Office

Theft of Oxycodone from courthouse vault prompts new safeguards

Clerk’s office criticized for shoddy evidence-handling procedures

The Oxycodone tablets were labeled “Exhibit 5” in a Boca Raton drug case and displayed for a jury in April. But then the pain pills became the focus of a major investigation into stolen evidence from a Palm Beach County Courthouse vault.

The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office Monday announced it will not file theft charges against three Clerk & Comptrollers office employees because of the unlikelihood of criminal convictions without solid proof. During the investigation, one clerk’s office employee was fired, one resigned and another was reassigned.

The State Attorney’s Office report also criticized the clerk’s office for having “nominal safeguards” with evidence handling, citing the recent disclosure of yet two more thefts of narcotics from the same vault.

“Due to the failure of the clerk’s office to adequately monitor access to its evidence vaults, and the resulting lack of evidence of theft, there is no reasonable likelihood of successful prosecution in this matter,” wrote Assistant State Attorney Michael Dutko Jr., in a memo dated Friday.

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One Response to “State Attorney: Thefts Show Poor Evidence Handling by Sharon Bock’s Office”
  1. 1fothemany says:

    And people wonder about or officials, now from the bottom up they are all durggies, and they do not have to take a urine test, So yep we have a bunch of druggies running the country from bottom up. Amazing how patient or blind the American people are and if not blind guess we will have to do a citizens arrest if they do not put us in jail or this type of call to straighten up our not so glorious well paid leaders robbers. DEEEgusting… our Evil Empire rages on, I am out of this system soon, do not need druggies telling me how to live my life.

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