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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.

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