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Pflugerville holding hearing on missing police evidence room money

The city is holding a hearing Wednesday regarding missing money from the Pflugerville Police Department evidence room after it was rescheduled from a earlier date in January.

The hearing 1 p.m. Wednesday at the city’s municipal court will determine the ownership of property seized by Pflugerville police on Sept. 23, 2010, when officers seized more than $500 at a gaming house in Austin.

City officials discovered the money was missing when someone called the police department sometime in 2016 concerning the money, officials have said.

The department is conducting an ongoing internal investigation into the matter with assistance from the Texas Rangers.

In a statement released Tuesday, Pflugerville City Manager Brandon Wade apologized for the situation.

“I personally apologize for this reprehensible situation,” he said. “Both the Pflugerville Police Department and the city of Pflugerville have taken action to ensure that it never happens again.”

In addition to a comprehensive review of all procedures related to the evidence room, a new property and evidence room supervisor position has been created to oversee the department’s collection and storage of information and evidence, he said in the statement.

City officials have reviewed the situation with Police Chief Jessica Robledo, who joined the department in early January.

“Chief Robledo is committed to ensuring that our police department’s policies uphold the utmost integrity of the law and elevate the reputation of the men and women who serve in the Pflugerville Police Department,” Wade said in the statement.

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