Law Enforcement Center

Property Claim Form

Property & Evidence Office

Law Enforcement Center

221 Breckenridge St., Helena, MT 59602

 

By Appointment ONLY:

Public Hours are:

Monday - Friday: 9 am – 4 pm
Closed from Noon – 1pm and all County Holidays

Contact:

Office: (406) 447-8250

Admin: (406) 447-8235

Fax: (406) 449-8452


Mission Statement:

To secure and maintain the integrity of evidence and property for the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office, community and partnering agencies until disposition under the laws and ordinances of the State of Montana.

Background

Evidence

The Property Evidence office, a division of the Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB), receives and maintains over 2,000 property and evidence items per year – everything from trace evidence to vehicles. CIB maintains three separate facilities for the storage of these items.

 

 

Services Provided

Services
  • Receiving, processing, and storing of property and evidence.
  • Identification and return of evidence and property to rightful owners.
  • Provide access to evidence for any prosecuting or defense attorneys.
  • Store vehicles that are impounded, maintained as evidence, or held for forfeiture.

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CIB sign

Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB)

CIB Sgt.: Shane Hildenstab - (406) 447-8244

Investigator: Mike Hayes - (406) 457-8834

Investigator: Matt Reighard - (406) 447-8286

Investigator:  Chris Weiss - (406) 447-8243

VAWA Investigator: Dan O'Malley - (406) 447-8245

Evidence Technician Chad Day - (406) 447-8250

Evidence:

Evidence Stamp

Non-contraband property seized by members of the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office as evidence will be available for return to the owner after CIB has received confirmation and authorization from the County Attorney’s office that the items(s) are no longer needed as evidence.

Money:

Money

Money held as evidence in amounts equal to or greater then $100.00 will be returned by check with a usual processing time of three weeks. Amounts of less than $100.00 may be released in cash.

Property seized for Safekeeping:

Property

All safekeeping property may be retrieved by the owner after CIB has received confirmation and authorization from the County Attorney’s office that the items(s) are no longer needed or it will be disposed of as provided by MCA 46.5.306 and 46.5.309.

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Prisoner Property

Prisoner Property

The majority of personal property on a person at the time they are booked into the Lewis & Clark Detention Center is retained by the Detention Center staff for safekeeping while the individual is incarcerated.  In some cases, property may be seized by the Deputy if it has evidentuary value to the case.

If it is entered into the Property and Evidence office for safekeeping and is not held as evidence in their case it will be stored until the owner/arrestee is released from detention.  The property must be retrieved within 10 days from the date of their release or it will be disposed of as provided by MCA 46.5.305, 46.5.306 and 46.5.309.