The crime of Appropriation or Theft of Lost Property may be charged against a person who finds lost property under circumstances which give him knowledge of or means of inquiry as to the true owner, and who appropriates such property to his own use, or to the use of another person not entitled thereto, without first making reasonable and just efforts to find the owner and to restore the property to him.
What does the prosecutor have to prove?
1. Defendant found lost property.
2. Defendant knew, or reasonably should have known, the true owner of the lost property.
3. Defendant appropriated the lost property to his or her own use, or to the use of another person not entitled thereto.
4. Defendant did so without first making reasonable and just efforts to find the true owner and restore the property to him or her.
With probation 0-364 days
Misdemeanor: 0-180 days