Missing items pile up at DCP
There are several bikes locked away next the Dougherty County Police Department; most people don't think to look there for their lost or stolen bike.
There are currently fifteen bikes and a go-kart in one of the evidence lockers. Lieutenant M.J. Woods with DCP says some of them have been there for years. He adds, "The bikes that we get they'll be left in someone's yard and is what we call found property, we do a report on it and it'll get entered into our evidence."
Resident Ben Wright says someone stole his bike not too long ago and he never thought to look at the police department.
Woods adds, "A lot of your people out here aren't going to be able to get your serial or model numbers so we never really find out whether it was stolen or someone left there bike out there, we rarely get them back to the owners."
Woods says people need to write down serial numbers and a detailed description of their items to help you get your stuff back if it is lost or stolen.
So, why don't people think to check there? Wright said, "It's probably because people aren't aware that the police recover things."
Woods adds after a long period of time they have to get permission from the court to destroy the items or donate them to charities.