Did you leave your false teeth on the back seat of a Washington taxicab? Leave a medium-sized blue gown and a pair of men's gray trousers on a fence in far Southeast? Drop a set of silver wedding rings on a Maryland Avenue sidewalk?
If so, the D.C. Police Department has those and many other lost items, and is willing to return them to you if you can prove ownership.
Yesterday the department ran one of its periodic advertisements (it does so about every four months) on page B7 of The Washington Post, listing more than 130 items such as those mentioned above, along with cameras, eyeglasses, bicycles, jewelry and a hot dog steamer/bun warmer.
By law, the police department must advertise the items and give the public 60 days in which to claim them at 2235 Shannon Pl. SE. Otherwise they revert, minus a share of the advertising cost, to the finders.
Officer Richard Dadurka of the police property division said purported owners need not always have absolute proof of ownership, but must provide at least "a tad more than a description" of the item being claimed.
Just to prove that many among us are more honest than we may think, several of the "found" items were money, including a wallet containing $145.16, and:
"One, one dollar bill, U.S. currency, Serial #E 40956602 F. [Found in] Rotunda, U.S. Capitol Building."
It cost the city an estimated $18 to advertise that dollar bill.