Washington sheriff has to replace inmate`s locks

Updated: May 30, 2010, 10:10 AM IST

Soap Lake: A sheriff`s office in Washington State has paid more than USD 400 to replace an inmate`s locks and keys after a deputy left the keys on the back of his cruiser and took off without grabbing them.

Authorities in Grant County say Michael Eugene Power was arrested for violating a protection order. Before transporting Power, a deputy placed the suspect`s keys and wallet on top of the closed trunk of his patrol vehicle.

But when the deputy was ordered to respond to a different call, he took off without grabbing the keys and wallet and they fell off. The wallet was returned to Power, but the keys have not been found.

The sheriff`s office replaced the keys and locks for Power`s home and vehicle.

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