Honesty fills 'found' box

By Kristin Edge

Lost sunglasses, keys and cellphones are flowing into Whangarei police station.

A bucket filled with keys and another with sunglasses is held at the front counter and those in charge are urging owners to come and check through the items at the station, which is open 24 hours.

Lost property officer Joan Johnson said a myriad of wallets and purses, some still with the cash inside, had also been handed in by honest members of the public.

One wallet obviously belonged to a child and contained all their hard-earned pocket money.

She urged people who lost property not to give up hope as there were extremely honest people who did the right thing.

"The finders are really helpful and they are the heroes at the end of the day."

Over the years some unusual items handed over to police have found their owners through the Northern Advocate.

They include a black fish bin full of black and white extension power leads discovered on a roadside. The power leads had fallen off the back of a truck and were being used for lighting in a local stage production.

The latest collection of property from Cinema City and the Warehouse has landed at the property office and included wallets, cellphones and more keys. Contact Whangarei station on (09) 430 4703 if you think any of these items belong to you.

- Northern Advocate

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