Reclaiming Property

The Burlington Police Department requires individuals who come to claim property to bring the necessary paperwork in order for the items to be released. Please do not advise the individual to come to the Police Department when the case is disposed and claim their property without one of the documents below, as this will cause a delay in the release of the items, and will likely cause them another trip to the Alamance County Courthouse to acquire the documentation. There are several different areas where paperwork may be required and they are as follows:

Court Order – This is required for the return of currency *, weapons, a vehicle, or any personal property of the defendant. The order must state that the property is to be returned to the defendant, and not just that the case has been disposed of in court. This may come from the clerk’s office if a judgment was made during the court proceedings, or from the District Attorney’s office, both of which are in the main court house on Elm St., Graham. A photo ID is necessary of the person claiming the property.

Letter of Testamentary/Executor of the Estate Documents  -  This paperwork is necessary for the release of property to a family member in the event of a victim’s death from a crime, natural causes, or a suicide.  This paperwork can be acquired at the Estates Office at the Court House in Court Square, Graham. A photo ID is also necessary of the person claiming the property.

An order from the Clerk Of Court is needed to turn seized currency over for cost and fines.  * The Burlington Police Department’s Identification Division will turn the currency over to the Clerk of Court.  If there is a balance that is to be returned to the defendant, the Clerk’s Office will send the defendant the balance in the form of a check once the costs and fines are paid out of the seized funds.

*In the case of currency that has been deposited into the City of Burlington Evidence Account, the order stating the currency is to be returned to the owner must be received in Finance no later than noon on Wednesday to have the check cut by the Finance Department on Thursday. If the documentation is not received by Wednesday at noon, the check will be cut the following Thursday. In addition to the court order the owner is also required to show valid identification and provide a social security number per the Finance Department requirements. The owner will be contacted when the check is received from the Finance Department, or if requested, the check can be mailed to the owner.


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