New details in guns, drugs and money stolen from Simpsonville police department

New details in guns, drugs and money stolen from Simpsonville police department
Approximately $30,000 in cash, handguns and drugs were stolen from the Simpsonville Police Department. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Approximately $30,000 in cash, handguns and drugs were stolen from the Simpsonville Police Department. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
(Source: WAVE 3 News)
(Source: WAVE 3 News)
KSP spokesperson Kendra Wilson. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
KSP spokesperson Kendra Wilson. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Saturday the Kentucky State Police said it has expanded its investigation into the theft of guns, drugs and thousands of dollars in cash from the Simpsonville Police Department.

KSP says the burglary - in which approximately $30,000, handguns and drugs were taken from the department's evidence room - happened at 1 a.m. Friday morning.

A KSP spokesperson said it's looking at security camera video from the department, and surrounding areas as well, in addition to interviewing people in the area.

"There are times when these type thefts occur," Kendra Wilson, a KSP spokesperson, said. "Very, very seldom does that happen and we strive to make everything as secure as possible."

As the investigation continues, neighbors say they're shocked.

"It's just hard to believe," said George Tapp, who lives down the street from the department. "I would've never thought it would ever happen."

Tapp says he's concerned about the guns and drugs being back out on the streets.

"I didn't know they kept that kind of money in there, or, you know, drugs or guns," he said. "I'm worried about it because there's a lot of drugs, like heroin and stuff, killing kids and there needs to be a stop put to it."

Said Wilson: "Our job, as law enforcement, is to keep our streets safe. We work diligently, night and day, to keep drugs, to keep guns, to keep illegally obtained money, off the street."

KSP says the department is doing an internal audit to make sure a burglary doesn't happen again.

"An incident like this can be a black eye for the agency involved," Wilson said. "They're working diligently with state police to make sure that everything is lined out and in order when it comes to securing evidence and securing the police department itself."

KSP says it doesn't have any suspects in the case.

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