Unclaimed inmate property earns Mahoning Co. Sheriff about $15K

Proceeds from unclaimed jewelry and other items will be donated to local charities

The Mahoning County Sheriff's Office has several items, dating back to the 1970s, that were confiscated from inmates at the county jail. Those items, including jewelry and cell phones, were never reclaimed.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Unclaimed property being stored at the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office is worth close to $15,000.

Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene said he was surprised that the items, including old jewelry and watches, were appraised at that much. He took the items to a local gold dealer and plans to donate the money to local charities.

“That gold got overnight shipped to a refinery in Los Angeles. It’s called, I think, David Fell Company is the name of the refinery,” he said. “We named three charities that we wanted to be the beneficiary of these funds.”

The items were left behind by former Mahoning County Jail inmates. Items in storage dated back as far as the 1970s.

The Sheriff says money from the gold will be split equally between Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Friends of Fido group at the Mahoning County Dog Warden’s Office.

Items that weren’t pawned will be donated to Angels for Animals for auction. Cell phones in storage will be refurbished so they can be given to local senior centers.

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