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The best way to find property once it is lost or stolen is to have up-to-date records, pictures, or video noting serial and model numbers if available, or to place an 'owner applied number' on items without a serial number. Unique numbers make identifying and matching items to the rightful owner simpler, as a national database is used to track stolen and recovered items via serial number once the item is reported lost, stolen, or found. However, if this information is not available, a detailed description will help, as will a general idea of when and where the property was lost or stolen.
The Property Room holds found property for sixty days, after which time items may be disposed of or auctioned per state law. Items of a personal nature (such as identification or credit cards) are destroyed, or (in the case of passports, military IDs EBT cards, or mail) returned to the proper agency.
To see if the Property Room is holding your found property, please be prepared to answer the following questions:
The Property Room will make every effort to return the property to the rightful owner(s). If an item is turned in where it can be traced back to someone by name, phone number, address, or serial number, a Property Officer will attempt to contact the owner via phone or letter to make arrangements to return the item.
Call the Property Room to schedule an appointment. If ownership cannot be determined or a firearm is involved, you may be required to obtain a property release.
Contact your attorney or assigned council to request a property release from the Prosecutor's Office. Once that release is obtained, contact the Property Room to schedule an appointment.
You must file a claim for your property with the Property Room in order to facilitate the return of the property. Property Claim forms can be obtained at the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office or by printing the Property Claim Form (PDF) and submitting it during regular business hours.
Review and processing may take up to four weeks. Once the release is obtained, contact the Property Room to schedule an appointment. You may get the case number by contacting The Sheriff’s Office Records Division at 360-417-2270.
To pick up your property you must have a valid ID and the service number for your case. Failure to claim your property in a timely manner (typically 60 days) may result in the disposal of your property in accordance with RCW 63.40.
To report an item stolen, found, or a firearm lost in Clallam County, please call the PenCom/Dispatch Center's non-emergency line at 360-417-2459. Provide the operator with as much information as possible, including the item's make, model, serial number, or owner-applied number.
Depending on the item's condition, after sixty days the item will either be disposed of or auctioned per state law. The person who finds the property may request to claim the property if an owner is not found within the required time period. Claim paperwork may be obtained from the Property Room by calling 360-417-2268 and must be filed within seven days of the find.
After receiving claim paperwork, the Property Room will place an ad in the Peninsula Daily News. If no owner appears within the sixty-day time period, the finder has thirty days to claim the item for a $10 fee.