Lost your diamond ring or batman wallet? Check out the “Recently Recovered” page of the Evanston Police Department website.
Believe one of these items below belongs to you? Call (847) 866-5029 or click on the link to email the department and reference the case number. Be prepared to provide a form of identification to claim your property.
About 5,000 items are turned into the Evanston Police Department (EPD) in a typical year, says Mike Wasowicz, whose duties as Forensic Services Manager include overseeing the registration, claims and disposal process for EPD’s Property Bureau.
Property “found” or “recovered” in Evanston is listed for 21 days; unclaimed items after 90 days are “subject to disposal”.
Mr. Wasowicz says the vast majority of items are found and turned into the police station by the general public. Some items are found by officers during their daily work.
Most found items tend to be objects that people carry around on a regular basis, such as keys, wallets, jewelry and cell phones. Abandoned bicycles are recurring items. Eighty bicycles were turned in to the department last year.
Occasionally the Property Bureau receives items that “you would think people would miss,” observes Mr. Wasowicz, such as luggage or musical instruments. The most unusual item? A prosthetic leg. No one claimed the prosthetic leg, he states.
Mr. Wasowicz cannot recall a situation where a person falsely tried to claim property. And he observes that a large majority of items that are turned in are never claimed.
The webpage listing found items has been in place since 2012. However, the webpage may not be common knowledge. “A lot of people don’t think about going to the department site,” says Mr. Wasowicz. “We do get emails or people call to inquire about lost property; we refer them to the website.”
Items that are not claimed within 90 days are either destroyed or sold at auction, conducted by a third-party. Proceeds from auctioned items are minimal, says Mr. Wasowicz, and are transferred to the coffers of the City of Evanston.
If you have lost an item, please check the Property Bureau website at http://www.papsnet.com/property_listing.php?A_Pid=552. It may take a few days for a lost item to be turned in to the Property Bureau. The Evanston Police Department is located at 1454 Elmwood Ave.
Property Listed on the EPD Website as Found Oct. 13-20
Backpack, Next Turbo – gray & yellow
Bicycle, Bianci Siena – white
Cell Phone, Black Samsung Galaxy A10e-found on 8/26/20
Cell Phone, Black ZTE cellphone – gray case
Electronics, Black Dell Laptop Computer
Electronics, Freestyle Precision Pro Glucose Analyzer
Electronics, White Apple Airpods
Jewelry, 1 Women’s Diamond Ring
Jewelry, Black Colored Metallic Ring / Possible Wedding
Keys, Toyota Key on Key Ring
Keys, Nissan Key Fob w/Keys and Tags
Keys, Keys Found at 1130 Lake Shore
Keys ,1 vehicle key/fob generic + 8 keys
Keys, Gold InstaKey and other keys
Keys. Black w/Chrome Audi Key Fob
Other, Wireless earbuds, facial steamer
Other, Ventra Card
Other, Eyeglasses – Found 9/25/20
Other, Credit Card – Last Name COLE
Other, Bank of America credit card- owner SINANI
Other, MSU Visa Credit Card – Last Name GALVIN
Other, Wisonsin License – Last Name KIMLA
Wallet, Batman Wallet – owner last name LOPEZ
Wallet, tan Zipper Wallet – owner NICHOLSON 9/25/20
Wallet, Black & Blue Wallet
Wallet, Pink Canvas Wallet