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Woman claims police told her to throw away evidence found in stolen van

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Sondra Black claims police told her to throw away evidence found in her stolen van Sondra Black claims police told her to throw away evidence found in her stolen van

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Woman claims police told her to throw away evidence found inside her stolen van when it was returned to her.

Sondra Black told News 4 she had her van stolen from her home, located in Dutchtown, on February 8. Police located her van about two weeks later, but there were a variety of items that did not belong to her inside.

Black said when she contacted police to inform them of the items, including a purse, she was told to throw the unwanted items away. When she looked inside the purse, Black discovered Lana Minner's business cards, making her uncomfortable with throwing the items away.

Minner said she had the items taken from her car on the same night thieves stole Black's van.

Black contacted Minner and News 4 was there as the belongings were returned to her. Both women think police should have done more than telling Black to throw the belongings away.

“They could have at least looked in it, she found a contact source in there with my card, my business card and everything,” Minner said. “They could have done the same thing and they could have handled all of it.”

News 4 contacted the police department and were told the department has no record of Black informing them of the items left in the vehicle. They say the investigation into who stole the vehicle is ongoing.

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