[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Stratford 2-14-1983. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Any person who finds and takes possession of any article of the value of $1 or more shall report the finding of such article to the Police Department within 48 hours of the time of such finding. The finder of such article shall, at the time of reporting, furnish to the Police Department the date, time and place of finding, his name and address and a description of the article found and, within a period of one week from such finding, shall deliver such article to the Police Department. Any person who violates or fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than $100 or imprisoned not more than 30 days, or both.
The Police Department shall, commencing one week from the date of receipt of any lost article, advertise a general description of such article once a week for at least two successive weeks in a newspaper having a circulation in the Town and shall retain custody of such article for six months from the date of receipt thereof, unless it is claimed by the rightful owner within such six months' period.
The requirement of advertising may be omitted when the value or estimated value of the article is less than $2. Perishable or obnoxious property or articles of a dangerous or harmful nature may be sold or otherwise disposed of as soon as practicable on the best terms available.
If the owner of any such article claims it within six months of the date of receipt by the Police Department, the article or the proceeds therefrom shall be restored to him upon payment or deduction of all proper charges.
If no owner claims such article within six months from the receipt thereof by the Police Department, the Police Department shall, within two weeks thereafter, notify the finder of such fact by registered or certified mail at his last known address, and the article or the proceeds therefrom shall be turned over to the finder, upon demand by him within 30 days of the expiration of the six-month period and upon payment or deduction of all proper charges; but if such finder fails to demand such article or the proceeds therefrom or refuses to pay such charges within 30 days of the expiration of the six-month period, such article or proceeds shall belong to the Town. The requirement of notification may be omitted when the value or estimated value of the article is less than $5.
The Chief of Police shall sell, at public auction, any article which the Town acquires as provided herein after the expiration of the time for the owner or finder to demand the same and after the time and place of such sale and a description of the article to be sold have been advertised once a week for two successive weeks in a newspaper having a circulation in the Town. The net proceeds from such sales and the unclaimed net proceeds from the sale of perishable or obnoxious property or articles of a dangerous or harmful nature shall be paid to the Treasurer of the Town, who shall deposit them in the general fund of the Town.