If you believe the Police Department has possession of an item that belongs to you, you’re asked to visit the Property Custody Division at Police Headquarters located at 1200 Clark Avenue. You should respond Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please bring the police report number with you, along with valid identification and proof of ownership. There may be additional steps required to take possession of certain items. Those steps will be explained once it is determine that the Department does in fact have possession of your item(s).

After certain legal requirements are met, some unclaimed property items may be auctioned off to the public. To purchase items turned over for auction, visit

Proceeds from auctions are donated to the Police Relief Association which benefits police officers and their families.

For more information about the types of items currently being held as unclaimed property, click here.

It is often necessary in the investigation of a criminal incident to seize items as evidence. In years past, the Department also accepted found property.

If you believe the Department might have your property and you would like to retrieve it, please contact the Property Custody Division at 444-5540 or stop by Police Headquarters at 1200 Clark St., Monday-Friday 9am - 2pm.

Please provide the appropriate information if you are attempting to recover property that was seized by a police officer or in conjunction with an arrest. Providing as much information as possible will assist in determining the status of your property.

If your property was seized as evidence, you will also need to obtain a release letter from the Circuit Attorney’s Office stating the evidence is no longer needed and is eligible to be returned to the owner. The letter should be on official letterhead containing a signature from a representative in the Circuit Attorney’s Office. The letter should contain a full description of the property and the police report number of the incident where the property was seized.

Unclaimed Property/Property Seized as Evidence