Police in Harrisburg, Pa., have come under scrutiny by the local media regarding the department’s practice of storing evidence at a local self-storage facility.
Earlier in the week, CBS 21 News reported police and prosecutors were unable to retrieve evidence from a rented self-storage unit at Capital Storage because the city hadn’t paid the storage bill.
The evidence needed was for a drug case and aggravated assault case. A Dauphin County judge issued two subpoenas, forcing the storage operator to give the police department access to the unit.
According to a CBS 21 News source, the city hadn’t paid the self-storage rent and had ignored past-due notices. The city later paid the past-due amount.
Harrisburg police would not comment on what was stored inside the unit. A regional director for Capital Storage told the source it rents several units to law enforcement.
City officials responded to CBS 21 News, and claimed the media outlet’s information was false. The city told CBS 21 News police had limited access because of a delay in paying the storage bill.