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Property-Evidence Unit
         
 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Wilmington Police Department releases property during the hours of 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. In almost all cases, it is best to have called ahead to ensure the department has custody of the property the owner wishes to pick up and that the property has been authorized to be released to the owner. This will ensure the necessary preparatory work is completed as much as possible before the owner's arrival.

Once property is declared eligible for release to owner, Evidence Management staff will mail a letter that contains details as to how to claim the property. It is imperative that owners understand the obligations imposed by law to ensure the recipient is first, the eligible and proper owner as identified by police and the courts, and second, entitled to that property by local, state and federal laws.

All property releases begin with the officer assigned to your case. Once the officer authorizes the transfer of property, the owner should call and confirm the release status with Evidence Management Staff at (910) 343-3642. Property owners should if possible, obtain a case number before contacting Evidence Management. The owner should bring photo identification and any related forms or applications to 615 Bess St Wilmington, NC 28401 Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays. The section staff can be reached at (910) 343-3642. 

 

FIREARM RELEASE 

Firearms that can be released to the rightful owner are done so only after the pre-release process is completed. This requires the owner to contact Evidence Technician Casey Ludlum at (910) 343-3642 to provide all necessary information in order to run a federally mandated criminal history to ensure that the owner can legally possess a firearm under State and Federal law. The criminal history will only be run after this information is received and after all other steps in the process have been completed. Evidence Technician Ludlum can provide more information on this process. 

All property releases begin with the officer assigned to your case. Once the officer authorizes the transfer of property, the owner should call and confirm the release status with Evidence Management Staff at (910) 343-3642. Property owners should if possible, obtain a case number before contacting Evidence Management. The owner should bring photo identification and any related forms or applications to 615 Bess St Wilmington, NC 28401 Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays. The section staff can be reached at (910) 343-3642. 

 

VEHICLE RELEASE  

All vehicles deemed eligible for release to the owner must be arranged on appointment basis. Once a vehicle is eligible for release, a letter is mailed to the owner. The owner is encouraged to establish contact with Evidence Management staff to obtain the details necessary to complete the transfer of the vehicle to the rightful owner. The owner will be required to accompany the Evidence Specialist to the lot located off S 17th St. The owner will be required to provide their own transportation to where the vehicle is and may be required to pay any towing costs if the vehicle will not start upon pick-up. In all situations involving vehicle releases, the owner is responsible for all maintenance and mechanical issues involving the release of the vehicle. Please contact Evidence Supervisor Phylisha DellaPia at (910) 343-3649 in reference to any questions pertaining to or to schedule an appointment for a vehicle release.

In all vehicle releases, proper identification to include a valid operator's license must be presented along with title information or bill of sale.

All property releases begin with the officer assigned to your case. Once the officer authorizes the transfer of property, the owner should call and confirm the release status with Evidence Management Staff at (910) 343-3642. Property owners should if possible, obtain a case number before contacting Evidence Management. The owner should bring photo identification and any related forms or applications to 615 Bess St Wilmington, NC 28401 Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays. The section staff can be reached at (910) 343-3642. 

 

BICYCLES  

The Wilmington Police Department Evidence Management Section encourages owners of lost or stolen bicycles to first, file a report of the loss or theft, and second, maintain a sufficient description of the bicycle in order to make a proper claim once that bicycle is recovered. Evidence Management staff encounter two basic categories of this type property. Bicycles deemed eligible for release that also have an identified owner are seldom the case. Bicycles deemed eligible for release where no owner is identified is by far the more common situation. In the cases when the owner is identified, a letter is mailed and that letter contains information on how to claim the bicycle. When an owner is not known, state law mandates the disposition of bicycles after 60 days of unclaimed storage. Bicycles meeting 60 days of unclaimed storage status are released to propertyroom.com.

All bicycle releases begin at the Wilmington Police Department headquarters 615 Bess St Wilmington, NC. Upon arrival, present identification to the front desk staff stationed in the lobby.

All property releases begin with the officer assigned to your case. Once the officer authorizes the transfer of property, the owner should call and confirm the release status with Evidence Management Staff at (910) 343-3642. Property owners should if possible, obtain a case number before contacting Evidence Management. The owner should bring photo identification and any related forms or applications to 615 Bess St Wilmington, NC 28401 Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays. The section staff can be reached at (910) 343-3642. 

 

Property Auctions

The disposal of unclaimed property is regulated by law. One of the options permitted is for the agency to auction property. The Wilmington Police Department auctions unclaimed property through the Internet web site, Property Room.com. The address on the Internet is http://www.propertyroom.com/ (external website) and items of value are consigned to this organization and offered for sale, similar to other commercial auction sites.

The major difference between this site and other commercial enterprises is that Property Room.com provides restitution for these sales to the New Hanover County School system, in the form of payments through the City of Wilmington. Items posted for public auction are submitted by police and sheriff's departments from across the nation. Only items meeting the stringent standards authorized by North Carolina General Statutes are disposed of through this manner. All personnel are authorized to place bids on property after following basic login and registration processes. The Wilmington Police Department encourages citizens of Wilmington and New Hanover County to participate in the open and free auctions offered through this web site.

All property releases begin with the officer assigned to your case. Once the officer authorizes the transfer of property, the owner should call and confirm the release status with Evidence Management Staff at (910) 343-3642. Property owners should if possible, obtain a case number before contacting Evidence Management. The owner should bring photo identification and any related forms or applications to 615 Bess St Wilmington, NC 28401 Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays. The section staff can be reached at (910) 343-3642. 

 

Cash Release

We do not store cash money.  When we receive cash, it is deposited into the bank and when it is approved by the case officer for release, the owner is sent a letter notifying them of the availability of the money.  Once the owner contacts Evidence Management personnel to claim that money, the process of obtaining the paper check can take between two and four weeks.  Cash releases are in the form of a City of Wilmington paper check, and require advance coordination for disbursement.  When the owner fails to claim the cash, it is transferred to the NC State Treasurer's Office, Unclaimed Property Fund, for disbursement   to the owner.  Owners seeking to claim cash should utilize the web site:  www.nctreasurer.com/Claim-Your-Cash and conduct a free database search to begin the claim process.  An owner may run last name, business name and first name, or conduct a search by city/town.  

All property releases begin with the officer assigned to your case. Once the officer authorizes the transfer of property, the owner should call and confirm the release status with Evidence Management Staff at (910) 343-3642. Property owners should if possible, obtain a case number before contacting Evidence Management. The owner should bring photo identification and any related forms or applications to 615 Bess St Wilmington, NC 28401 Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays. The section staff can be reached at (910) 343-3642. 

 

 

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