[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Ellicott 12-5-1984 as L.L. No. 4-1984. Amendments noted where applicable.]
All lost or abandoned property or property stolen or suspected of having been stolen or property being or suspected of being the proceeds of crime coming into the custody of any police officer or of any magistrate in the town shall be delivered to the custody of the Police Department by such police officer or by order of such magistrate, to be held pending determination of its ownership or other disposition, and shall be registered in a book kept for the purpose containing, among other things, the name and address of the person from whom taken; a description of the property; the place and time of seizure, with the general circumstances; the name and address of the police officer or magistrate by whom delivered; the name and address of the owner, if ascertained, and, if not, the claimants thereto; and the final disposition thereof.
Lost or abandoned property so received and not stolen or suspected of having been stolen and not being or suspected of being the proceeds of crime shall be delivered to the owner upon proof of ownership and upon payment of the reasonable charges incurred by the Department in connection with the taking and possession thereof, and the Chief of Police may require a bond from the claimant to indemnify the town and all members of the police force and employees of the Police Department against all claims, demands, suits, costs and damages arising by reason of or in any manner growing out of the delivery of the property to the claimant. If such property is of slight value or if the possession of it by any person is prohibited by law or if, for the possession of it, a permit or license is required by law or if the retention of it by the Department might endanger public health or safety, the Chief of Police may order the destruction thereof.
Stolen property or property suspected of having been stolen or property being or suspected of being the proceeds of crime shall be held by the Police Department pending the determination of ownership thereof, as provided in the Criminal Procedure Law or by other legal action or proceeding.
The disposition of unclaimed property shall be made in accordance with the provisions of § 253 of the Personal Property Law. Proceeds from the disposition of unclaimed property or, if such unclaimed property shall be money, said money shall be delivered by the Chief of Police to the Town Treasurer for deposit in the general fund of the town.