Reminder: MPD posts monthly photos of recovered property including bikes, electronics etc.

Photo via MPD Lost and Found: Recovered Property

A reader writes:

“I am quite sure this has been covered on the blog but just looked at the MPD lost and found photos, there are many many bicycles and laptops shown.”

The Metropolitan Police Department recovers hundreds of stolen and abandoned bicycles every year. This property is inventoried by the MPD’s Evidence Control Division. Property not claimed within 90 days of recovery is considered abandoned. The MPD will advertise this property as abandoned and may dispose of any property not claimed within the designated timeframe. Bicycles not claimed may be auctioned through or donated. Before the recovered bicycles are auctioned or donated, images will be posted online.

The Property Clerk of the Metropolitan Police Department hereby gives notice of the custody of the following property and his intention to sell or otherwise dispose of such property in accordance with the District of Columbia’s code 5-119.

Any person or entity having a right of claim to any item of property pictured online must appear in person to:

Evidence Control Division
# 17 DC Village Lane, SW
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 727-3230

To claim property pictured on this site, individuals must provide the MPD’s Evidence Control Division with the following information:

Government Identification
Bar code included with the bicycle image
Proof of ownership of bicycle OR documentation that a police report was filed (CCN)

4 Comment

  • So if your bike gets stolen and you report it and give a full description, that means nothing? You have to scan this every month (it’s almost May and this album says January) or your bike, if recovered, gets sold? You’d think when they log items, they could ping a close match or something.

    • My guess is that you can probably call in and see if they have anything matching the description of your property. Websites are slow to get updated. You’ll always get better service from DC bureaucracy by picking up the phone.

  • I imagine if you file a police report with your bike’s serial number, they would know who to contact when they find that particular bike. Or I just could be way too optimistic about Police actually caring about stolen bikes.

  • One of the later photos, shows a recovered tombstone. Some people…

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