Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Lost and Found

Most honest people know if an item of value is found, it is their duty to turn it in to police. I've seen countless good samaritans bring in purses, wallets, jewelry, and even cash. We are happy to accept these items and make every attempt to locate the rightful owners. Although we encourage people to turn in found property and unwanted itmes such as firearms or ammunition, there are some things we are less than pleased to accept.

A few weeks ago an elderly man was cleaning out his storage shed and found a box of old electrical looking things. He didn't know what to do with them so he walked into our precinct and handed over the box to the desk aid. She placed it on the counter in the main area of our building and waited for an officer to properly impound the items. I was in the middle of briefing with my squad when a Lieutenant burst in and commanded, "Everyone out! We're evacuating the building immediately." As officers and support personnel emptied out of the building we were told of the contents of the box brought in by the old man: Blasting Caps.

These devices are small explosives used to detonate larger explosives like TNT. The blasting caps themselves are dangerous because they can explode when in contact with fire, electricty, or impact. We had to wait outside until the bomb squad arrived to safely remove the small explosives.

Another helpful citizen was hiking in a nearby mountain preserve. After summiting on a very popular trail, he decided to do a little exploring off the beaten path. He strolled through the desert scrub looking for different plants and wildlife when he stumbled upon a more rare item; A human jawbone.

Instead of marking the location and notifying police of a potential homicide crime scene he picked up the jawbone, wrapped it in his fleece jacket and drove to the police precinct to deliver his find. We took possession of the bone but prompted the man to lead us to the spot on the mountain where he found it.

8 Comments:

At February 07, 2008 9:54 AM, Anonymous Your Wife said...

Hopefully it gets returned to the rightful owner. I imagine he's been having a tough time eating since losing that.

 
At February 07, 2008 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your wife is hilarious!!!!

 
At February 08, 2008 10:26 AM, Blogger Flash Gordon said...

The guy who brought in the jaw bone must not be watching enough cop shows on television or he'd have known not to disturb a potential crime scene.

 
At February 10, 2008 1:57 AM, Blogger Kojak said...

That story brought back a similar situation that happened to me. I got a call about a human skull found by some children in a wooded area. The kids brought the skull home, placing it on their dresser. Mom went to clean their room and freaked completely out when she saw it. The case was one of several grave robbings that had taken place in the area.

 
At February 10, 2008 4:29 PM, Blogger DirkStar said...

Yikes!

The jaw bone grossed me out the most...

 
At February 11, 2008 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. How come no one has asked whether there were more parts? Your wife is funny. I know that for sure. LC

 
At February 11, 2008 10:14 PM, Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Damn!

I'm glad that no one was hurt by the blasting caps.

I can't even imagine picking up a part of a skeleton!

 
At February 14, 2008 12:19 AM, Blogger Angie said...

Why are people so stupid? I have a hard time believing that guy didn't have a cell phone to call and report that, instead of moving it.

 

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