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Inside the STA lost and found

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In a small room deep in the STA bus plaza sits a collection of lost treasures left on buses around the city of Spokane. In a small room deep in the STA bus plaza sits a collection of lost treasures left on buses around the city of Spokane.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

In a small room deep in the STA bus plaza sits a collection of lost treasures left on buses around the city of Spokane.

Several items are collected from city buses everyday, accidentally left behind by riders.

The most common items are backpacks, loose items of clothing, and bicycles. They average about two bikes found everyday. Those are piled up in the basement of the plaza where they sit for sixty days before they go to police auction.

Other items sit in the lost and found for thirty days before they’re given to good will. Lost glasses, which are another common item, are typically donated to eye doctors around the city, and given to folks in need of a new pair.

But then there are some odd items that get left behind. This week there is a breast pump, a laptop, a printer, blue prints to a home, and much more sitting around the room.

“There’s a place for everything,” STA worker Sandy Olfson said. She’s been managing the lost and found for nine years. Only about 1/3 of the stuff they find gets claimed.

“We want to get everything back home where it belongs,” Olfson said.

If you misplace something on a Spokane public bus, the STA recommends you wait one business day, and then call 509-328-RIDE.

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