, Salem, MA

Local News

May 10, 2014

Police look into missing bail money at Salem courthouse

SALEM — Salem police are investigating the possible theft of $500 in bail money from a court clerk’s desk earlier this week.

An assistant clerk magistrate at Salem Superior Court reported to police on Thursday morning that she was about to deposit $3,200 in bail money when she realized that $500 was missing.

The clerk replaced the $500 from her own funds and reported the missing money to police, said Trial Court spokeswoman Jennifer Donahue.

The money had been in an envelope in her office, said Lt. Conrad Prosniewski, a spokesman for the department. He said it is not certain whether it was lost or stolen.

The area where the clerk’s office is located in the Ruane Judicial Center is restricted to employees of the court, and requires an electronic pass to access.

Clerk magistrates typically spend time “on call” during nights and weekends to conduct bail hearings at police stations or the Middleton Jail for people who have been arrested when the courts are closed. They then collect bails that are posted, as well as a $40 fee.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Comments Tracker