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February 22, 2013

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Police Department searches for owners of property found at McCoy

Story & photo by Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff

Lost items found at Fort McCoy can be turned in to the Fort McCoy Police Department Found Property custodian.

Any items left on post, including military-issue and personal items, become government property and should be taken to the Public Safety Center, building 1681, said Department of the Army Civilian Detective Jason Matts. Turn-ins are accepted 24/7.
PHOTO: The Found Property custodian catalogs and stores lost items that are found at the installation. Photo by Geneve N. Mankel
Detective Jason Matts, the Found Property custodian with the Fort McCoy Police Department, catalogs and stores lost items that are found at the installation.

“Eventually items found on post work their way here; this is the central point for lost items,” Matts said.

Personnel turning in found property will be asked to fill out a Department of the Army Form 4137 Evidence/property custody document, which includes information about where the item was found and by whom, and will speak to a police officer. The entire process takes about 10 minutes, he said.

The item is then cataloged and secured in a locker.

“We have 45 days to find the owner of found property,” Matts said. “After that, the Disposition Board determines if the item should be destroyed or sent to DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) Disposition Services.”

In some cases the board determines that items can be kept past 45 days.

Matts said personnel also can report lost items to the Police Department. This makes finding the owner of found property much easier.

Personnel who would like to claim found property items must be prepared to answer questions about the item to determine ownership. Matts said if someone has a receipt or serial number for an item that’s even better.

Facilities and organizations on post that have their own lost-and-found areas eventually should take the items to the Police Department.

Matts said he actively searches for owners of found property. If an item has a serial number or a person’s name, Matts has the ability to use various Police Department programs to locate contact information.

Items currently in possession by the Found Property custodian are ID cards, credit cards, a Nikon Camera, knife, key rings, wallet, Rector backpack with miscellaneous items, and a toiletry bag.

Personnel who would like to inquire about found property can call 608-388-2266, or they can send an e-mail to Matts at jason.e.matts@us.army.mil

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