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Evidence Rooms

by Pat Dooris

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Posted on July 31, 2006 at 7:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:40 PM


Ever stepped inside a police evidence room? Its kind of interesting. Every stolen bike, every empty backpack and every brown bag with who knows what inside, tells a story.

Some are tiny rooms. The West Linn police evidence room would barely fit a car inside. In fact it looks allot like my garage...a couple storage bins, some bikes, some power tools. No place for the car.

The West Linn room included something we do NOT have in the Dooris garage...two naked female mannequins. The sergeant explained they had been seized from a former book keeper in West Linn who decided the public money was her money and used that money for the mannequins.

The Portland Police Bureau evidence room is housed in a building that used to be a horse stable. It holds three floors worth of stuff.

As you walk in you'll see some stuff stacked together and wrapped in plastic. That's the stuff on the way to ebay and soon, a new site,

The evidence control manager, Ty Routley, took us on a brief tour. When I asked about the strangest thing he'd seen here...he laughed. "Its a good question" he said. "I should get a good answer ready." Apparently he's been asked that before. With eyes sweeping the room he told me about wrapped Christmas presents that came from Grinches who broke into cars over the holidays. And he mentioned stereos and knives and laptops and cameras and bb guns. But he didnt say much about the rows and rows of brown paper bags inside the chicken wire barrier. Those are evidence bags for current case. Each is carefully rolled over at the top, carries a case number on the outside and the initials of every person who ever opened the bag to get at the evidence inside. Its spooky to see so many bags, row after row after row. It makes me wonder about the crimes they represent and the victims who were hurt.

Pat Dooris's a link to the latest online auction local police are using: