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State auditors say Lynnwood didn't report missing guns, money

Associated Press - October 27, 2007 4:55 PM ET

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) - State auditors say they have no record of being alerted by Lynnwood police when they discovered thousands of dollars, drugs and guns missing from the department's evidence room.

Auditor spokeswoman Mindy Chambers says state officials will recommend Lynnwood develop new protocols to alert the state about known or suspected losses.

The recommendation comes days after FBI agents searched the home of Lynnwood deputy chief Paul Watkins as part of probe into public corruption.

Watkins has been accused of stealing more than $14,000 plus cocaine and firearms. He had told investigators he put the items in evidence lockers at the police department, but failed to fill out the proper paperwork.

He has been placed on paid administrative leave. No charges have been filed.

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