Property forfeitures of $12,800

Published 11:23 pm Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Sheriff’s Office donates money to Polk County Schools

COLUMBUS—The Polk County Sheriff’s Office presented a check for $12,800 to the Polk County School Board Monday afternoon. 

The money came from property forfeitures resulting from court orders and an auction disposing of 42 firearms. 

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Polk County Sheriff’s Office Staff Attorney and Public Information Officer John Sauve said the sheriff’s office disposed of the 42 firearms after the evidence and property room inventory was completed last year. He said there were 33 firearms turned over to the sheriff’s office by court order in domestic violence cases and 9 firearms turned over for drug and firearm cases. Over the past 2 years, more than 1,400 items have been disposed of by court order, according to the sheriff’s office and under North Carolina law, proceeds from the auction of firearms turned over to the sheriff’s office are to be provided to the local school board. 

“Our team has done an excellent job bringing the evidence and property room into order over the past 2 years,” said Polk County Sheriff Tim Wright. “We always look forward to helping the schools and other county departments as much as we can, and I’m sure Mr. Greene and the School Board will find a great way to use this money that helps our children.”