Minnesota Law: What You Should Do If You Find A Wallet or Purse
A year ago, I lost my wallet during a late night run to the grocery store. I was tired and in a hurry to get home and go to bed. I'm not sure how my wallet fell out in the parking lot, but it did. I spent the next day freaking out. I don't usually carry cash, but as luck would have it I had $300 in my wallet at that time. I spent hours deep cleaning my house and car looking for it. That night I called Hy-Vee, one of their employees had found it, and thankfully nothing was missing when I picked it up.
That employee did exactly what you're supposed to do when you find a wallet or purse. Sgt. Troy Christianson from the Minnesota State Patrol explains that you should turn it over to the manager of the store or immediately contact the local Police Department or Sheriff’s Office. Christianson says, "If the wallet had been stolen and discarded, it would be considered stolen property." Which means you could be considered a suspect. The Trooper said, "Explaining to law enforcement how and where the wallet was found might clear you as a suspect of possessing stolen property."