A gun stolen, a clean set of fingerprints, and a police department won’t collect the evidence

A Chicago man was left scratching his head last month when the police department refused to dispatch technicians to collect evidence after someone stole a gun from his car in Uptown.

“I was MFing myself for forgetting weapon” was in the car, the man told us. “Not an excuse, but I walked into [a family health] episode and forgot to retrieve the weapon from the vehicle.”

But the situation went from MF to WTF when responding officers told him that CPD was refusing to send an evidence technician to process a “perfect set of prints” on the SUV’s window.

A CPD spokesperson confirmed that officers responded to the call, and an evidence technician supervisor was notified of the crime. The police report does not indicate why the sergeant declined to dispatch someone to collect the prints.

“I have no issues with the responding officers,” the man said. “We both joked that unless there was a body in my vehicle, evidence techs would not come.”

Police dispatch records show the officer who handled the man’s call made three attempts over an hour to get an evidence technician assigned.

“The prints are still visible,” the cop said at one point. “I thought they’d try?” 

Lots of folks probably think retrieving a clean set of prints from the scene of a stolen gun might be worth a try. But this stolen gun case didn’t cut the mustard.

“Either way, an excellent opportunity to nail perp was pissed away,” the man said.

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