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Police Find Record Amount of Lost Property at State Fair

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Thursday, Sep 20, 2012  |  Updated 2:50 PM CDT
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Dallas police say they have found more lost property at this year's state fair than ever before.

Ellen Goldberg, NBCDFW.com

Dallas police say they have found more lost property at this year's state fair than ever before.

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Despite the best of intentions, not everyone leaves the State Fair of Texas with everything they came with.

But police say anything that people can carry into the fair has turned up in their lost property office off of the midway.

Dallas police say they have recovered more lost property at this year's state fair than ever before. In the first 17 days of the fair, officers recovered almost 1,100 items.

The stash of recovered items includes cameras, sunglasses, credit cards, clothes, keys and wallets.

Dallas mother Danielle Ivey said she isn't surprised.

"The ride we just went on -- we went upside down and sideways, so I emptied all my pockets before I got on," she said.

It wasn't the only precaution she took.

"We prepped the stroller ourselves and tried to make sure everything was zippered up," she said.

But many of the recovered items will go unclaimed, police say.

"If items aren't claimed in a certain amount of time, they are auctioned off or destroyed, whatever the city ordinance allows," Lt. Scott Bratcher said.

Sunday is the last day of the fair and the last day to claim lost property.


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