Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 14, 2012
Police appeal for theft victims to claim recovered items from evidence storage

Tooele City police are asking owners of recovered stolen property to come claim their items from the police department. Recovered property usually needs to be held as evidence for 90 days after a thief has been sentenced, but Sgt. Jason Potter of the Tooele City Police Department said much of it lingers for longer than that. The current haul of recovered property was all stolen within the last year or so, he said, and it has accumulated quickly.

“If you’ve had a burglary, vehicle burglary, storage unit burglary or theft in the last year, please come get your stuff,” he said. “It’s taking up half of my evidence room downstairs because there’s so much of it.” The property is made up of a wide variety of items, including hand tools, power tools, videos and DVDs, jewelry boxes, clothing and collectibles such as vinyl records and an action figure in its original packaging.

“There’s really too much to go through and list,” he said. “I’m hoping to get this stuff returned to some people instead of just getting rid of it.”

Unclaimed items are either donated to organizations such as Valley Mental Health or go to Property Room, an online auction house that sells items collected from more than 2,700 police departments and other municipal agencies. Potter said items taken by Property Room are whisked away and followed later by a check to the police department for a nominal amount.

“We get very little out of it,” he said. “It’s mostly just a way for us to get rid of stuff.”

To claim items, contact Potter at the Tooele City Police Department at 323 N. Main Street or by calling 882-8900. Potter said proof of ownership is helpful but returning items without proof of ownership will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Potter said owners should be able to reasonably describe the missing item to help facilitate finding it.

“I don’t think anybody’s going to come to the police department and take a bunch of stuff that’s not theirs,” he said. “None of the stuff is that valuable.”

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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