Property and Evidence Unit
The Property and Evidence Unit is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. The Property and Evidence Unit is responsible for receiving, organizing and maintaining all property and evidence turned in by Police Department personnel.
How to Claim Your Property
We encourage you to schedule an appointment before arriving to pick up property by email or phone. Walk-In's without an appointment are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis but may have an extensive wait time or be turned away.
- Email the Property and Evidence Unit
- Phone: 770-670-5116
Please see the Categories of Property below to determine how your property came into the custody of the Lawrenceville Police Department and the requirements and documentation for release.
Release of Firearms
You must schedule an appointment for the release of any firearm.
Firearms cannot be returned if any of the following apply:
- You are a convicted felon
- You have outstanding arrest warrants
- You have a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction
- You are the subject of an Order of Protection
- You are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Categories of Property
Property that is non-evidentiary in nature coming into the custody of any agency personnel which has been determined to be lost or abandoned and is not known or suspected to be connected with any criminal offense. These items can be released to the rightful owner at any time with an internal written release by the originating officer.
- Found property typically will be held for 90 days from the date it was received. After 90 days, all found property is subject to disposal or auction in accordance with Georgia Law.
Property that is non-evidentiary in nature coming into the custody of any agency personnel that cannot be immediately returned to an identified owner. This property is meant specifically for temporary storage and protection. The rightful owner can claim their property at any time.
Property relating to a crime that may tend to implicate or exonerate a person from a criminal offense. Release of evidence has restrictions mandated by Georgia Law.
- Evidence requires a written release before it can be returned to the owner.
- For evidence related to a criminal offense charged by Lawrenceville Police Department, a written release notification will come from a court or prosecutor where charged.
- If evidence-based property was seized during an investigation in which no charges were ultimately filed, the lead Officer or Detective would file an internal document authorizing release.
Auctions of Property and Evidence
After the required time period that property is held has passed, the evidence unit may auction this property to the highest bidder. The Lawrenceville Police Department sells the property online on Property Room, an online auction site specializing in property from police agencies across the country. Citizens can also register any stolen property on this website and if any property matches, it will be returned to the rightful owner.