City of Shrewsbury, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 235.010 Custody of Stolen, Lost or Abandoned Property.

[CC 1976 §235.010; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
All property or money alleged or supposed to have been feloniously obtained, which is not required by law to be turned over, surrendered, or delivered to some officer, official or department of the County of St. Louis, State of Missouri, or some political subdivision thereof, or which shall be lost or abandoned, and which shall be thereafter taken into custody by any member of the Police Force, or by the Municipal Court of the City, or which shall come into such custody, shall be, by such member, or by order of the Municipal Court, given into the custody of the Chief of Police, and kept by him/her.

Section 235.020 Record of Property Kept.

[CC 1976 §235.020; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
All stolen, lost or abandoned property and money delivered to the custody of the Chief of Police shall be registered by him/her in a book kept for that purpose, which shall contain a description of the property, the name or names of the person or persons from whom such property or money was taken, the name of all claimants thereto, the place where found, the time of the seizure, the date of the receipt, the general circumstances connected therewith, and any final disposition of such property and money.

Section 235.030 Return of Property.

[CC 1976 §235.030; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
Upon satisfactory evidence of the ownership of stolen, lost or abandoned property given into the custody of the Chief of Police under the provisions of Section 235.010, the Chief of Police shall deliver the same to the owner, his or her heirs or legal representatives, and to him/her or them only, except if it be proved impracticable for such owner, his or her heirs or legal representatives to appear, then the property or money may be delivered and receipted for upon such proof of ownership, and the filing with the Chief of Police of a duly executed power of attorney from the owner, his or her heirs or legal representatives.

Section 235.040 Return of Property Upon Acquittal.

[CC 1976 §235.040; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
Whenever property or money shall be taken from any person arrested, and shall be alleged to have been feloniously obtained, or to be the proceeds of an offense, and whenever so brought with such claimant or claimants, and the person or persons arrested before any court for trial, and the court shall be satisfied from evidence that the person or persons arrested is or are innocent of the offense alleged, and that the property rightfully belongs to such person or persons, the Chief of Police shall, upon satisfactory evidence or proof of ownership of the property or money, deliver the property or money, if he/she has it, to the accused person himself or herself, and not to any attorney, agent or clerk of such accused person.

Section 235.050 Property in Custody of Chief of Police.

[CC 1976 §235.050; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
If any claim to the ownership of property or money shall be made on oath to the Chief of Police or any court, by or in behalf of any person or persons than the person or persons arrested, and the accused person or persons shall be held for trial or examination, such property or money shall remain in the custody of the Chief of Police until the discharge or conviction of the person or persons accused.

Section 235.060 Police Possession.

[CC 1976 §235.060; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
All property or money taken under suspicion of having been feloniously obtained, or of being the proceeds of the crime, and for which there is no other claimant than the person or persons from whom such property or money was taken, and all lost property coming into possession of any member of the Police Force, and all property and money taken as the proceeds of crime or from persons deceased, alleged to be insane, intoxicated or otherwise incapable of taking care of themselves, shall be transmitted as soon as practicable to the Chief of Police.

Section 235.070 Deceased Person — Property Disposition.

[CC 1976 §235.070; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
All property or money of deceased persons coming into the custody of the Chief of Police shall be delivered to the legal representative or representatives of the deceased person, or to the Public Administrator, in the absence of a legal representative.

Section 235.080 Delivery Pending Trial.

[CC 1976 §235.080; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
When articles of property (except for perishable property) other than money, delivered into the custody of the Chief of Police as the proceeds of crime, are shown by sufficient evidence to be necessary for the current use of the owner, and not for sale, the Chief of Police may place the same in the custody of the owner, upon sufficient security being given by the owner in the sum of double the value of the property, conditioned on the production of the same at any time within one (1) year, when required for use in court as evidence in any proceedings thereon; provided however, where such property is evidence in any case pending before any court other than the Municipal Court of the City, such property shall not be released without a written order from such court or the officer in charge of the prosecution of such case.

Section 235.090 Delivery of Perishable Property.

[CC 1976 §235.090; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
Perishable property coming into the custody of the Chief of Police alleged to have been feloniously obtained or the proceeds of a crime may be delivered to the owner on sufficient security being taken for his/her appearance to prosecute or defend the case; provided however, when such property is evidence in any case pending in any court, other than the Municipal Court of the City, such property shall not be released without a written order from such court or the officer in charge of the prosecution of such case.

Section 235.100 Sale of Perishable Property.

[CC 1976 §235.100; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
All perishable property coming into the custody of the Chief of Police, under the provisions of this Chapter, and which is unclaimed, within a reasonable length of time may be sold immediately and the proceeds of such sale turned over to the City Treasurer for deposit in the General Revenue Fund.

Section 235.110 Large Quantities of Goods Held.

[CC 1976 §235.110; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
When large quantities or goods held for sale by the owner come into the custody of the Chief of Police as the proceeds of crime, the same may be delivered to the owner, his or her heirs or legal representative or representative, upon ample security to prosecute or defend the case; provided however, when such property is evidence in any case pending in any court, other than the Municipal Court of the City, such property shall not be released without a written order from such court or the officer in charge of the prosecution of such case.

Section 235.120 Use As Evidence.

[CC 1976 §235.120; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
If any property or money placed in the custody of the Chief of Police shall be desired as evidence in any police, criminal or civil court, such property shall be delivered to any officer who shall present an order to that effect from such court; but such property shall not be retained in the court, but shall be returned to the Chief of Police to be disposed of according to the provisions of this Chapter.

Section 235.130 Abandoned Property — When.

[CC 1976 §235.130; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
Any property or money turned over to the Chief of Police as the proceeds of crime, and which shall not be called for as evidence by any proceeding by any court within one (1) year from the date of this receipt of the property by the Chief of Police, and unless specifically claimed by the owner within that time may be thereafter treated as unclaimed, abandoned or lost property or money, as provided in this Chapter.

Section 235.140 Money To City Treasury.

[CC 1976 §235.140; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
All money coming into the custody of the Chief of Police under the provisions of this Chapter shall be turned over to the City Treasurer for deposit in the General Revenue Fund.

Section 235.150 Restoring To Owner.

[CC 1976 §235.150; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
If within one (1) year any rightful owner or his or her legal representatives appear and prove ownership to any property or money in the custody of the Chief of Police, as provided for in this Chapter, and pay all reasonable charges, the Chief of Police shall restore such property or money, or the proceeds from the sale of such property, to such owner and take a receipt therefor; provided however, that if the money has been turned over to the City Treasurer, or if the property has been sold and the proceeds turned over to the City Treasurer for deposit in the General Revenue Fund prior to the time the rightful owner proved ownership to such money or property, then the City Treasurer shall restore to the rightful owner the money or the proceeds from the sale of the property, less any expense or other reasonable charges incurred by the City in making the sale or caring for the property.

Section 235.160 Chief of Police To Advertise Property.

[CC 1976 §235.160; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
The Chief of Police shall, within thirty (30) days of the receipt of all stolen, lost or abandoned property having a value of twenty dollars ($20.00) or money in the amount of twenty dollars ($20.00) or more coming into his/her custody, cause such property or money to be advertised by three (3) consecutive insertions in a weekly newspaper, or one insertion each week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a daily newspaper of general circulation in the City or in the County of St. Louis.

Section 235.170 Public Auction.

[CC 1976 §235.170; Ord. No. 1318 §2, 6-15-1978]
A. 
All property, except perishable property and motor vehicles or vehicles and bicycles which shall remain in the custody of the Chief of Police for a period of one (1) year without any lawful claimant thereto, with a value over the amount of twenty dollars ($20.00) shall be sold at Public Auction as hereinafter provided.
B. 
All perishable property may be sold immediately under the provisions of Section 235.100.
C. 
All motor vehicles, other vehicles and bicycles that shall remain in the custody of the Chief of Police for a period of three (3) months without any lawful claimant thereto and with a value over the amount of twenty dollars ($20.00) shall be sold at Public Auction as hereinafter provided.
D. 
When any property shall be sold at Public Auction such auction shall be advertised for three (3) weeks immediately preceding such auction by three (3) consecutive insertions in a weekly paper or one (1) insertion each week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a daily newspaper having general circulation in the City or in the County of St. Louis. The proceeds from all such sales shall be turned over to the City Treasurer for deposit in the General Revenue Fund.