MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) - The investigation at the Muskegon Heights Police Departmentinvolves money that is missing from the property room inside thedepartment's building.
The Michigan State Police confirmed the reason for theinvestigation Wednesday.
It began in March 2010 when then-acting Police Chief Ron Rakeasked the MSP to look into possible discrepancies into moneyreceived by the Muskegon Heights Police Department.
Rake has since resigned.
When the investigation is complete, the case will be turned overto the Muskegon County prosecutor's office to determine if criminalcharges are warranted.
The evidence room in the basement of the department building isa huge mess.
"I was shocked at the disarray of that room and certainly thelack of standards -- and that is something the state police will beanalyzing," Prosecutor Tony Tague said.
Police have been probing the department for about a month nowand say that in addition to the mess, it's what they didn't findthat is concerning. Money taken as evidence -- some of which mayhave belonged to crime victims -- is nowhere to be found.
City Manager Natasha Henderson declined comment about theinvestigation Tuesday, as did Mayor Darrell Paige.
"I don't have time for an interview, I have a (9 a.m.)appointment," Henderson said.
On Wednesday, 24 Hour News 8 attempted to talk with Paige at hisjob as dean of Muskegon Heights Public Schools, but school staffasked us to leave.
No officers have been placed on leave or are being disciplinedat this time, the interim police chief and Tague said.
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