Friday, March 19, 2010

Securatex Scandal Widens: Unsecure Property Room Investigated

Over at Welcome to My Tea Party, blogger Diana Vice has once again has scooped the mainstream media exposing more funny goings on with private security firm Securatex which provides security for the Washington Township Schools.

It seems the guards kept property confiscated from Washington Township schools in a building off of the North Central campus rather than turn them into the IMPD property room. That's a big no-no. Should any prosecutions arise as a result of the property confiscated the prosecutioni would have to establish a "chain of custody" to demonstrate that the property had not been tampered with.

After this situation was uncovered, Marion County Sheriff's Office, finally, did an investigation of the Securatex operation. The Marion County Sheriff's Department deputizes the Securatex guards and is supposed to provide oversight over their operation. As with the privatized jail operations though, Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson takes the position that it is better not to know what is going on so no investigations are ever conducted. After the situation was uncovered though, the Marion County Sheriff's Office was finally forced into a position of investing the Securatex operation at Washington Township.

According to Diana Vice:

"Captains Reginald Roney and Bob Smith of the Marion County Sheriff's Department conducted the investigation in the presence of Steve Stalnaker, an employee of Securatex, which begs the question. If it was really a routine inspection, how did Stalnaker know to show up on that day?"

Below is the inventory report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Reportedly the report has now been removed the IMPD computers since the Welcome to My Tea Party blog published it

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INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT

FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT USE ONLY

**DO NOT RELEASE**

CASE REPORT: 10-0033604 - 0000



INCIDENT: 681 INVESTIGATION

LOCATION: 1605 E 86TH ST

GEO ZONE: 080035 AREA: MND BEAT: ND72

OCCURRED: 03/10/2010 16:00 TO

ARRESTS: 0 INJURED: 0 DEAD: 0 VEHICLE TOWED: 0



PERSON: 1

PERSON INVOLVEMENT: WIT WITNESS

PERSON NAME: RONEY,REGINALD

RACE: B BLACK SEX: M MALE

DATE OF BIRTH: AGE:

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: /

HAIR/EYES: /



PERSON: 2

PERSON INVOLVEMENT: WIT WITNESS

PERSON NAME: SMITH,BOB

RACE: W WHITE SEX: M MALE

DATE OF BIRTH: AGE:

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: /

HAIR/EYES: /



PERSON: 3

PERSON INVOLVEMENT: WIT WITNESS

PERSON NAME: STALNAKER,STEVE

RACE: W WHITE SEX: M MALE

DATE OF BIRTH: AGE:

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: /

HAIR/EYES: /



PROPERTY: 1

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: PIPE

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: METAL PIPE W/RESIDUE



PROPERTY: 2

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: BULB

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: GLASS BULB W/RESIDUE



PROPERTY: 3

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: TEST

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: CHEMICAL TEST CONTAINER FOR MARIJUANA



PROPERTY: 4

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: BOX

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: METAL BOX W/FOUR CIGARETTES



PROPERTY: 5

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: MISC

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: PLASTIC BAG W/LEAFY GREEN MATTER AND NAPKIN



PROPERTY: 6

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: G GUNS-FIREARMS

ARTICLE: BULLET

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: .40 CALIBER BULLET



PROPERTY: 7

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: PIPE

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: PIPE W/RESIDUE



PROPERTY: 8

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: BAG

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: BAG W/LEAFY SUBSTANCE



PROPERTY: 9

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: DRUG

NUMBER OF PIECES: 13

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: 13 PINK PILLS

NUMBER OF ITEMS: 0.000



PROPERTY: 10

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: DRUG

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: BLUE PILL

NUMBER OF ITEMS: 0.000



PROPERTY: 11

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: DRUG

NUMBER OF PIECES: 2

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LIGHT BLUE PILLS

NUMBER OF ITEMS: 0.000



PROPERTY: 12

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: DRUG

NUMBER OF PIECES: 3

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: THREE PINK PILLS

NUMBER OF ITEMS: 0.000



PROPERTY: 13

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: DRUG

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: ONE WHITE PILL

NUMBER OF ITEMS: 0.000



PROPERTY: 14

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: PAPER

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: PARTIALLY BURNT ROLLED PAPER



PROPERTY: 15

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: PIPES

NUMBER OF PIECES: 4

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: FOUR PIPES W/RESIDUE



PROPERTY: 16

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: BAG

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: ONE BAG W/LEAFY SUBSTANCE



PROPERTY: 17

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: PAPERS

NUMBER OF PIECES: 2

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: TWO ROLLED PAPERS W/BAGGIES



PROPERTY: 18

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: PIPE

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: PIPE W/RESIDUE



PROPERTY: 19

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: RECEIP

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: RECEIPT IN BAGGIE



PROPERTY: 20

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: GRINDR

NUMBER OF PIECES: 2

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: TWO GRINDERS



PROPERTY: 21

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: BOWL

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: BOWL W/PIPE



PROPERTY: 22

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: PIPE

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: BROWN PIPE



PROPERTY: 23

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: PAPER

NUMBER OF PIECES: 5

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: PARTIALLY BURNT PAPER



PROPERTY: 24

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: CONTNR

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: PURPLE CONTAINER W/GREEN LEAFY SUBSTANCE INSIDE



PROPERTY: 25

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: POWDER

NUMBER OF PIECES: 1

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: BAG W/WHITE POWDER



PROPERTY: 26

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: ARTICLE

CATEGORY: S MISCELLANEOUS

ARTICLE: BAGS

NUMBER OF PIECES: 2

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: TWO BAGS W/LEAFY SUBSTANCE



PROPERTY: 27

PROPERTY INVOLVEMENT: PER PERSONAL PROPERTY-FOUND

PROPERTY TYPE: DRUG

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: PRESCRIPTION BOTTLE W/24 WHOLE PILLS/2 HALF PILLS

NUMBER OF ITEMS: 0.000



NARRATIVE:

ON MARCH 10, 2010, DURING A ROUTINE INSPECTION OF SPECIAL DEPUTY

BEING CONDUCTED BY CPT REGGIE RONEY AND CPT BOB SMITH OF THE

MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, SEVERAL ITEMS WERE FOUND IN

LOCKED DRAWERS THAT HAD NOT BEEN TAKEN TO THE IMPD PROPERTY ROOM

FOR DISPOSAL. THOSE ITEMS HAD BEEN CONFISCATED FROM STUDENTS BUT

HAD NOT BEEN TRANSPORTED. THOSE ITEMS WERE INVENTORIED IN FRONT

OF CAPTAINS. THE CAPTAINS FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND MR.

STEVE STALNAKER. THE CAPTAINS RETAINED A COPY OF THE INVENTORY

FOR THEIR RECORDS. THE ITEMS WERE INVENTORIED AND PLACED IN BAGS

FOR TRANSPORT AND SEALED. THE ITEMS WERE DELIVERED TO THE

PROPERTY ROOM FOR PROCESSING AS PER SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

POLICY.ALL THESE EVENTS OCCURRED IN INDIANAPOLIS, MARION COUNTY,

INDIANA.REPORTING OFFICER IS BRADLEY, S., ID B8218.

OFFICER: B8218 BRADLEY,STEPHEN F SDEP

OPERATOR: 03/11/2010 09:53 F1414D BROWN,TERESA DP

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Any prosecutions using that evidence have certainly been compromised by this mishandling of evidence. Obviously many questions are raised by these events. Did officials in the Washington Township School Administration know of this property room? Who at Securatex was responsible for establishing the room? Did evidence from the unofficial property room "walk off?" Was the Marion County Sheriff's Office negligent in its oversight over Securatex guards and failure to investigate? Who, if anyone, erased the IMPD report? Those are just a few of the questions I have.

10 comments:

Diana Vice said...

Thanks for covering this, Paul. I would like to add that the guards say they were just following orders and it was school officials who didn't want the reports of drugs and weapons getting out to the public. They say it's a corrupt system with tyrannical bosses at the helm.

Bob Cardwell said...

Why isn't he main media covering this? I have been reading about problems with Securatex for months. That is how I first found these local blogs.

Hasn't anybody else see the connections to the IMPD, the sheriff, and some of the other politcal elite?

Someone needs to explore how these special deputies get their authority.
Who do they owe their allegance to?

Does all this ultimately lead to Brizzi and Durham?

Paul K. Ogden said...

Bob, I think a few of he media outlets have started to pick it up. I don't know who it leads to.

Diana Vice said...

I've heard that Fox 59 is looking into it, and I know a reporter from Channel 6 is looking into it, but one of the problems is that officers are scared to go on the record for fear of losing their jobs.

I've seen many news agencies, including the Chicago Tribune, reading the blog stories, so I think it's just a matter of time before you'll be reading stories in the mainstream press.

Some of the officers told me that one particular news station is in bed with Securatex and that the security company provides security services for the television news agency so that could possibly be another reason, but it's just a guess. I just know the guys & gals don't seem to trust one particular television news station enough to talk to them. Seems Securatex provides security services for a lot of businesses in Indy.

Marycatherine Barton said...

Very foxy sleuthing from Diana and Paul, on their own time and dime, for which we owe them immense gratitude. I am guessing that the news channel that evidence indicates might be in bed with Securatex, is Channel 13. I hope that we find out.

Ben said...

I find it very interesting that Dennis Fishburn who was chosen by Tom John and David Brooks to run for Sheriff worked in the property room.Could this be the reason why things are missing on the reports?

Paul K. Ogden said...

MCB,

I deserve no credit. This is all Diana's sleuthing and me piggy backing onto it.

Bob Cardwell said...

Diana has done a great job on this and I know you will continue to follow the story.

I read her blog, Paul's, and Advance Indiana blog everyday.

It is the places to get the real news in Indy. The regular media just doesn't cut it anymore. They don't seem to be up to the same level of insight and clarity that the above bloggers have.

Diana Vice said...

Thanks for the kind words, Bob! I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say it's nice to get positive feedback once in a while.

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