• Jan 28th 2014 at 10:19AM
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Stolen Car Returned To Owners Full Of Evidence

A Washington couple were surprised to find their stolen SUV returned filled with stolen merchandise and personal papers.

Ellie Leonard's SUV was quickly recovered by Seattle police after it was stolen early last week, according to KOMO News. When she and her husband went to pick up the vehicle, the officer on duty told the Leonards that there were some articles left inside of it, but, since no suspect was found at the scene, it was their responsibility.

The articles the office was referring to included a big screen television, tools, tax returns, knives, clothes and drug paraphernalia.

After a re-contacting the police, they were told that the items, which were obviously stolen, were evidence and should have never been released. Officers came to retrieve the evidence, but it required some extra legwork.

"At 11:30 at night we were digging things out of the city dumpster to take away for evidence," Leonard told KOMO News.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Miss Melissa
      • 1 Year Ago
      Correct me if i am wrong here, but isn't it the POLICE crime investigation units "JOB" to search the car for any evidence... obviously the personal paperwork in the car was NOT the owners, why exactly did they not photograph and remove all the evidence left behind, could have gotten some latent prints..something.... maybe find who STOLE the care in the first place... what the hell state is this... definitely NOT moving there....
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm surprised the Cops didn't arrest the car Owner for possession!
      • 1 Year Ago
      First, it's a Washington couple "was" surprised, not "were" surprised. Second, dumb police. The smart lawyer of the possibly arrested thieves will claim the chain of evidence was broken.
      • 1 Year Ago
      just shows that because they were a uniform doesn't mean they have any brains
      • 1 Year Ago
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      • 1 Year Ago
      It was an absolute waste of time digging the stuff out of the trash. Chain of custody was broken; none of the items could be considered admissible as evidence in court.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The last thing I would do is take a vehicle away that the police tried to give me if it still had evidence in it. I'd be contacting the police chief directly, because I'd want those culprits caught!
        • 1 Year Ago
        don't get your point: isn't that what the couple did?
        leonard c madsen
        • 1 Year Ago
        It sure was NOT the owners fault. The problem was completely the cop's fault. Have you ever said NO I WON'T to a cop.
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, knives are weapons now when the police leave them? Hypocrite Iibtarrds don't want to talk about all the murders by knife every year, only if the cops do something wrong.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris: Uh-huh. Why drag politics into this? This has nothing to do with any so called liberals, conservatives or any other political leanings. So why mention such? I know, people like you can't think of any other topic other then politics. If this was an article about favorite soup recipies, you'd have to call someone a "libtard", I'm sure. :P And yes, I'd say the same thing if you bashed conservatives.
          • 1 Year Ago
          You are So Right arvig. So sick of everything being blamed on 1 party or the other. Sometimes, It's Just Stupid People...
        • 1 Year Ago
        You're an idiot.
      • 1 Year Ago
      more "evidence" of the incompetence of your typical gubber-mint employee
        • 1 Year Ago
        Feel free to live in the anarchy you would have without them. Very short-sighted.
      • 1 Year Ago
      No good deed goes unpunished!
      • 1 Year Ago
      im willing to bet they were not digging the big screen out of the city dumpster
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