(KMOV.com) --The Dellwood Police Department faces new allegations of mishandling evidence, after an audit by the St. Louis County Police Department.
In the past three years, the audit discovered that Dellwood officers failed to forward at least 121 felony warrant applications to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney. The crimes that were apparently ignored after arrests were made include rape, first degree assault, and numerous drug cases. The county is trying to present these cases to the prosecuting attorney before the statute of limitations runs out.
The audit found an officer had sold confiscated copper tubing to a scrap yard. Officers were also using confiscated weapons for personal use and destroying evidence before a warrant could be filed.
News 4 has also discovered that a rape case from 2004 was never brought to the prosecutor and there was no charges for a theft of $8,600 at a Payday Loan Store on West Florissant in 2010. No officials were able to tell News 4's Mark Cox where the money is located.
The department is already operating at half it’s normal manpower, and disciplinary measures due to the audit may reduce the number even more. St. Louis County Police officers are supplementing the Dellwood force during daytime hours, until the Mayor and Board of Aldermen can agree on a solution.