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Pick up your brick, purse or other lost property at NOPD

  Jacob Philip Watson, there's a gray canvas bag waiting for you at New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) headquarters. Fran MacKay, come pick up your phone. It's inside a yellow, white and blue purse. And anyone looking for his or her "drug paraphernalia," the cops have that, too. Just go down and ask for it.

  These and other NOPD-recovered items are scheduled for a late-spring cleaning of sorts — such unclaimed property will be disposed of. The department asks that the "rightful owners" claim their property and bring proof of ownership between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays. You can find the full list of unclaimed property at www.nola.gov/nopd/citizen-services/disposals. Among the other items on the list: bikes (several dozen), skateboards (two), purses (nine), knives (20), assorted gift cards and bottles of Ciroc (two). There also are nondescript, seemingly insignificant items like "T-shirt," "black hat" and one "large brown brick."

  Also on the city's summer-cleaning agenda: city-owned surplus property, which can be found at www.nola.gov/city-owned-property. Among the available lots are the Poland Avenue stables, which will be auctioned at a multi-property auction 10 a.m. July 31 at City Hall. Open house is noon to 2 p.m. July 26.

  On July 18, the city's Department of Public Works held its third abandoned vehicle auction of the year at the Almonaster Auto Pound. Seventy-two vehicles were on the block. Since May 2010, the city has collected more than $888,000 from 14 vehicle auctions, which have sold more than 1,200 cars.

— Alex Woodward

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