Sec. 17A-1-1. Duty to deliver lost and abandoned property to police department.

(a) Every official, officer, employee, and agent of the city who finds any property in or upon any public street, sidewalk, public property, or public building in the city, which property appears to be lost or abandoned, and is of the value of fifty dollars or more, shall deliver the property to the police department immediately upon finding it.
(b) Any other person who finds a lost or abandoned item is not bound to take charge of it, but if the person does take charge of it, that person shall, within a reasonable time, inform the owner, if known, and restore the property to the owner. If the owner is unknown or has not claimed the property within a reasonable time, and if the property is of the value of one hundred dollars or more, the finder shall deliver the property to the police department.
(c) The police department shall make provisions for receiving and safekeeping lost property, including money that is found and delivered to it. A police property report shall be made by the person receiving such property. A finder of property delivered to the police department shall sign an affidavit stating the following: (1) when and where the property was found; (2) a description of the property; (3) whether the owner of the property is known to the finder; (4) the circumstances of the discovery of the lost items; (5) that the finder has not secreted, withheld, or disposed of any part of the property; and (6) whether the finder seeks to claim the property in the event the true owner does not claim it. The police department shall keep a register of lost property which shall contain the police property report, the finder’s affidavit, and any other information the police chief, or his or her designee, deems relevant. (Ord. No. 1219, § 3 (part); Ord. No. 935, § 4; Ord. No. 937, § 1; Ord. No. 1219, § 3 (part); Ord. No. 1258, § 2 (part); Ord. No. 1460, § 3 (part).)