The Evidence Unit is the central repository for all property and evidence held by the Sheriff’s Office relating to criminal and non-criminal matters. The main function of the Evidence section is to provide for the security and control of recovered and evidentiary property as well as abandoned, lost, or found property in the custody of this agency. This is critically important in supporting investigations, helping to guarantee successful prosecution at criminal or civil trials and facilitating the timely return of property to its rightful owners.
As a private citizen, you have the right to place a claim against lost property (firearms excluded), which you found and turned over to the custody of the Sheriff’s Office, in accordance with FSS 705.101 and 705.103. If the rightful owner is not found, you can post a $30.00 bond at a BCSO Precinct. The property must be held by the Sheriff for a period of (90) ninety days and advertised in a newspaper of general circulation. After the ninety-day holding period, you may contact the Evidence Unit to see if the owner was found or to make arrangements to claim the property. If the owner is located, your $30.00 bond will be reimbursed to you.
Numerous found bicycles are turned in to the Sheriff’s Office. In most cases, the rightful owner is not found. Most unclaimed bicycles are donated to Bikes for Tykes. Others are turned over to the county quarterly for auction. Please keep a record of your bicycle description and serial number along with a photo, if possible, to assist in the return of your bicycle in the event it is lost or stolen.
Unit Contact Information
Phone: (321) 264-5211