2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 40A - MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES
Section 40A:14-157 - Public auction of property

40A:14-157. Public auction of property

a. Where tangible personal property comes into the possession of the police department or force of a municipality, by finding and recovery, by a member of the police force acting in the line of duty, and if the owner or his whereabouts is unknown and cannot be ascertained, or if said owner shall refuse to receive such property, then the said property shall not be disposed of for six months, except in cases of motor vehicles, which shall be disposed of according to P.L. 1964, c. 81 (C. 39:10A-1 et seq.). In any such case the governing body of said municipality, by resolution, may then provide for the sale, in whole or in part of any such property, at public auction, after notice of a designated time and place therefor, not less than 10 days prior thereto, published in a newspaper circulating within the municipality. Perishable items may be sold without reference to the said periods of time. Moneys received from the sale of any such property shall be paid into the general municipal treasury.

All unclaimed moneys coming into the possession of any municipal police department or force shall be turned over within 48 hours to the municipal treasurer for retention in a trust account and, after six months, if unclaimed by any person entitled thereto, be paid into the general municipal treasury.

b. Whenever any money or tangible personal property other than a motor vehicle has been or shall be found or discovered by any person other than by a member of a municipal police force acting in the line of duty and the finder shall have given or shall give custody of the found money or tangible personal property to the municipal police department or force for the purpose of assisting the police to find the owner thereof, the police department or police force shall retain custody of said money or tangible personal property for a period of six months. If the money or tangible personal property is unclaimed during said six-month period by the person entitled thereto, the money or personal property shall be returned by the municipal police department or police force to the finder, who shall be deemed the sole owner thereof.

c. This act shall apply to all money or tangible personal property which now is in, or which hereafter may come into, the possession or custody of any municipal police department, police force or municipal treasury in the manner herein described.

L. 1971, c. 197, s. 1, eff. July 1, 1971. Amended by L. 1975, c. 306, s. 1, eff. March 3, 1976; L. 1986, c. 173, s. 2, eff. Dec. 8, 1986.

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