Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 7, 2013
Tooele police may have your misplaced wallet

Lost your wallet or diaper bag at Walmart recently? It might be at the Tooele City Police Department.

For the past year, Walmart has periodically turned over its lost and found collection to the police department, leaving it up to officers to find the owners or dispose of the stuff, said Sgt. Jason Potter of the Tooele City Police Department.

“I guess they just decided instead of holding onto things for long periods of time and destroying them, they would just turn them over to us,” he said. “We have a whole bunch of things like ID cards, credit cards, a few wallets, that kind of thing.”

The identification cards and wallets with IDs in them are the easiest to track down the owners for, generally, Potter said, and he sends a letter to the address on the ID. Credit cards are a bit harder because they only have a name on them.

“We usually just destroy those because usually they’ve been canceled, anyway, and there could be 15 different Jane Does running around Utah,” he said. “I’ll usually hold onto those about 90 days and then we burn them in the incinerator.”

If you think any of your belongings might have ended up in the Walmart lost and found, or for any other unclaimed property, call the Tooele City Police Department at 435-882-8900.

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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