What happens to your property when it's stolen?

POSTED: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 3:46pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- Last week College Station police arrested two men for engaging in organized crime.

Police found more than $20,000 worth of stolen property.

22 GPS devices and 4 laptops were just a couple of the items recovered. But what happens when you can't prove the stolen property actually belonged to you first?

The College Station police destroy it and police say this is the case far too many times because victims fail to record the serial number or mark the item with an identifiable sign.

"If you are able to tell the officer or detective that you have a piece of property, say you have a GPS device, that has a star on the back of it and give them some addresses that might be in it then that's something that will help us get that property back to you," said Officer Rhonda Seaton.

Police also recommend writing an e-mail to yourself with all the serial numbers of your electronics. That way those numbers are accessible from any device.

Property that goes unclaimed will stay in the station's evidence room for about two years or until the case is cleared by the court.

Then, it's destroyed.

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