IF YOU'VE EVER HAD YOUR PROPERTY STOLEN AND WONDERED
WHAT HAPPENED TO IT.
THERE'S A CHANCE IT COULD BE WAITING IN A WAREHOUSE
TO BE PICKED UP...
KXLY4'S DREW REEVES IS WORKING 4 YOU.
HE INVESTIGATED WHAT HAPPENS WHEN POLICE RECOVER STOLEN
AND HOW LONG YOU HAVE TO CLAIM IT.
BEFORE IT GOES TO AUCTION.
All these bikes have been recovered by the Spokane
Recovered property comes to this warehouse and either
waits for an owner to come pick it up, or be sent
AND, IT'S MORE THAN JUST BIKES...THERE'S POWER TOOLS.
EVEN GOLF CLUBS.
SITTING LONELY AT A WAREHOUSE IN SPOKANE.
WAITING TO BE IDENTIFIED.
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We recover property at, you know, if we serve a search
warrant at a home where we know we have stolen property
if we find property.
there's a lot of different ways we can find stolen
AND SPOKANE POLICE TRY AND RETURN THAT PROPERTY TO
ITS RIGHTFUL OWNER.
BUT IF YOU CAN'T PROVE AN ITEM IS YOURS.
IT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO GET IT BACK.
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Say you don't have a means of identifying it specifically
as your property, which the most common way to do
that is a serial number, we can't get your stuff back
THAT'S WHY SPOKANE POLICE SUGGEST KEEPING A LOG OF
VALUABLE ITEMS AND ALL THEIR SERIAL NUMBERS.
STORE THAT INFORMATION SOMEWHERE IT CAN'T BE LOST.
LIKE THE CLOUD.
BECAUSE WITHOUT THOSE NUMBERS.
YOUR PRECIOUS PROPERTY COULD BE GOING TO THE HIGHEST
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Once we've held onto an item of property and have
gone through all the means of trying to figure out
who that property belongs to and can't get anywhere,
then it can go to auction.
THOSE AUCTIONS HAPPEN ABOUT EVERY SIX WEEKS.
THE ITEMS ARE PUT ON DISPLAY A DAY BEFORE AUCTION.
YOUR FINAL CHANCE TO PROVE IT'S YOURS.
BUT OFFICER TERESA FULLER SAYS THERE IS ANOTHER WAY
TO AVOID ALL THIS HEADACHE.
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Your driver's licence number, if you engrave that
on that item, that is a nationally recognized program
amongst law enforcement agencies as a way to return
people's property to them.
NOT EVERYTHING WILL GO TO AUCTION EITHER.
IF IT'S NOT GOING TO MAKE MONEY FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
IT'S GOING IN THE TRASH.
KXLY 4 NEWS.