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Evidence Room Too Small For Collection in St. Johns County
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. --  Behind locked doors at the St Johns County Sheriff's Office is the evidence room.

"What's in the room ... is the critical stuff from homicide cases, drug cases," Sgt. Chuck Mulligan with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office explained.

It is full of items related to crime scenes and investigations in St. Johns County - so full, in fact, that some of the items had to be moved to other locations. 

"Some of the evidence pieces, especially from capital crimes, we can never dispose of," Mulligan explained.

The solution? The county is stripping an existing sheriff's office building and turning it into a new and much bigger evidence room. However, the building is no ordinary structure.

"It was originally built in the 1960s as a civil defense building during the Cuban Missile Crisis," Kevin Wiseman, a spokesman for St. Johns County, explained. "It's bomb resistant. More so than that in today's world, it's a secure facility."

There are 25,000 pieces of evidence, and the collection continues to grow. Last year, there were 8,000 new pieces, and this year so far, there's already more than that, according to Mulligan.

It's a sign of growth in St. Johns County.

"It's an indication of a county that once had 30,000 folks in it," Mulligan said, "and now it has 185,000 folks. With that per capita increase, you're going to get a per capita increase in crime."

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