Lost items waiting to be found

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    A 28-year-old diamond ring, pricey designer glasses, countless USB flash drives, underwear and hats are just some of the items that have ended up in the university's lost and found.

    The main repository for lost property is a dark room at the TCU Police department. Shelves line the walls from floor to ceiling, filled with items that are tagged and organized by type.

    Officer Mike Fazli, who supervises the lost and found, said items of value can range from a $12,000 musical instrument to jewelry, laptops and cell phones.

    “Ninety percent of the time students never pick [the items] up,” Fazli said.

    However, he said the department is usually able to reunite owners with items such as laptops, phones and even jewelry.

    “We found a class ring and gave it to our detective, and he was able to look up the graduation date and was somehow able to find the owner,” Fazli said.

    He said items are held for six months to a year depending on their value. After six months, lost items are moved to the police property room, and after a year, anything that remains unclaimed is donated to Goodwill, except for jewelry.

    Fazli said the TCU Police have kept a ring found in 1985 and are holding onto it until they find the owner.

    Unclaimed USB flash drives are donated to schools or given to techincal resources at the TCU Information Technology department, he said.

    Other locations that collect lost and found items include the University Recreation Center, the Mary Couts Burnett Library and the information desk in the Brown-Lupton University Union.

    Taylor Otey, a sophomore theatre major who works at the BLUU information desk, said the items that make their way into the lost and found are usually really nice.

    In order for students to retrieve lost property, they need to be able to describe the item, she said.

    “Typically, no one ever comes to the desk to reclaim items unless they have a specific description of what it is,” Otey said.

    To inquire about lost property, contact TCU Police.