Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Police files on organized crime vanish

The Associated Press

        TOLEDO — Police records and photos detailing the lives of Toledo's most infamous crime families and civic leaders have disappeared, and police have no idea what happened to them.

        The records, compiled by the police department's intelligence unit from 1975 to 1981, possibly were discarded without approval from the state, the Blade reported Tuesday following a request to review the records.

        After days of searching, police said they were unable to find records that documented the city's gamblers, bookies, union leaders and politicians known to have links to organized crime.

        “That's years and years of work down the drain,” said former policeman Gene Fodor, who helped write the reports. “That's just unbelievable.”

        Mr. Fodor suspected the documents and photos may have been destroyed secretly, because the records contained the names of local politicians, lawyers and well-connected bingo operators.

        Police Chief Mike Navarre said the records represented an important link to Toledo's crime past and should have been saved. He didn't know whether they were destroyed, but he has never given any such order in his two years as chief.


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