FBI, State Police search Petersburg Police evidence room

FBI, State Police search Petersburg Police evidence room
Petersburg Bureau of Police (Source: NBC12)

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Multiple sources confirm to NBC12 News that the FBI and Virginia State Police served a search warrant on the Petersburg Police Department over the weekend.

This is all part of the ongoing investigation started after our reports about missing money in the Petersburg Police evidence room.

Multiple sources confirm the search warrant was for access to the Petersburg Police evidence room. Agents were there all weekend and on Monday.

Interim Police Chief William Rohde says "this was all part of the ongoing investigation-- that's been underway for months." He says his department "is fully cooperating."

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said by phone Thursday morning she "confirms there was activity this weekend and that it is part of the ongoing investigation."

Last fall, NBC12 first reported that about money going missing from the evidence room. At the time the department—under former Police chief John Dixon—would not confirm the money was missing.

A day after a retired police major came forward to confirm there was money missing, the department formally acknowledged that $13,000 was gone. Chief Dixon blamed accounting errors and said it was not a criminal act.

After the missing evidence disrupted several court cases, Petersburg Commonwealth's Attorney asked State Police to investigate. Cassandra Conover said in a statement she asked State Police to get involved "in light of matters that had recently come to my attention informally through conversations and media reports."

On Your Side Investigator also reached out to the FBI. Spokesperson Dee Rybiski said in an email, "I'm aware that there was activity at the Petersburg Police Department in relation to the Virginia State Police investigation. Further requests for comment should be directed to the Virginia State Police."

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