Chance to collect lost or stolen items ends March 6

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 14:36 PM.

CRESTVIEW — March 6 is the deadline to claim property that Crestview police obtained during investigations.

A list of items that the Crestview Police Department collected in closed burglary cases appears on its website, crestviewpd.org.

"A lot of times, we have all of this evidence and no property owner to connect it to," Lt. Andrew Schneider, the department’s public information officer, said. "Every year ... this stuff is up for destruction or release."

The department works with other law enforcement agencies to ensure stolen items are returned to their owners, he said. Often, that’s no easy task; crimes can go unreported and property owners may be unaware their items were stolen.

"Sometimes, they will have a GPS and think that their son or daughter took it out or their friend borrowed it, so they don't do anything about it," Schneider said.

The list contains electronic items including smart phones and computers — all of which have serial numbers that could lead to the owner.

That’s why planning before a theft helps.



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