Stolen Items Remain Unclaimed

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It's a situation that happens all too often- criminals break into homes and cars and steal people's possessions. Sadly, the victims may never see their things again, but not because police aren't able to locate the stolen the goods. The problem is that the owners don't always try to get their stuff back, or even know how to get it back.

Jennifer Taylor is the Evidence Supervisor for the Colorado Springs Police Department. She tells 11 News there are boxes and boxes of recovered property sitting in a warehouse at the police department, waiting to be returned to their rightful owners.

"Scooters, golf clubs, and telescopes," said Taylor. "Things that are easy targets for criminals."

There is also an entire row of computers and laptops that police have recovered.

Taylor tells 11 News one of the strangest items that has turned up recently is an urn. So far, no one has come forward to claim it.

"Someone was walking in Garden of the Gods and came across a smashed urn," said Taylor. "We don't know if it was intentionally left there or if somebody has really lost this, or maybe it was taken in a burglary."

By law, the department is required to hold the the items for 60s days. If they haven't been able to find you during that time, they get rid of everything to make room for more stuff that is on the way.

"It's just a big lost and found," said Taylor.

To get your things back from police, you have to have proof. Taylor suggests keeping receipts and writing down serial numbers on big items like TVs and computers.
It's also a good idea to take pictures of your valuables.

"Some people will actually go to the extremes of etching their initials into things like rings or tools," said Taylor.

If you own something that has gone missing and want to check with the Colorado Springs Police Department, call 719-444-7744.