I found a wedding ring on the sidewalk in the area of Wilson Blvd. and Troy St. It has an inscription on the inside- I’ll be happy to return the ring if you can verify what it says.
I don’t know the lost property rules in VA, but if this actually real, you might have a legal obligation to bring it to the police. Typically they will hold it and if its not claimed within a certain time, you get to keep it.
Wrong as always Novasteve. Keep your assumptions in your bedroom where they belong.
If You Find an Item of Value
If you find something that's obviously lost, you may have both a legal and ethical obligation to attempt to find the property's true owner. You should begin by notifying the local police department or, in the case of an animal, the local animal control authority.
Try to put yourself into the shoes of the person who lost the item. They are probably eager for its return, so you may want to take some extra steps to help reunite them with their lost item. Can you put up fliers around your neighborhood or place a free notice in your local newspaper? You may not get a reward or even a thanks, but it's still worth the effort.
If you find something of value, you may wonder whether you can keep it if the original owner can't be located. Laws vary from state to state, and you may not be entitled to keep the found item. In Virginia, for example, if a bicycle isn't claimed within 30 days, then the person who found it can keep it. Found money and valuables are held by the Virginia Division of Unclaimed Property of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and other found items are auctioned off. Your local police department can tell you whether you can keep an item if it remains unclaimed.
So, HL, how is NS ‘wrong’??
johnny b, he can’t let facts get in the way of his personal attacks.
he’s wrong because there’s no law in virginia saying you have to turn found property over to police
i should add … “depending on the circumstances”. and novasteve did say he “might” have an obligation, which he indeed might. so i have been convinced — for once, novasteve’s statement was accurate.
Just a thought. What IF the ring is stolen property and the cops find JA in possession of that ring. How would you explain that? “I found it.” And the cops would say, “Right. Now turn around while I cuff you.”
Nova Steve is probably right, but I liked HL’s style.
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