Originally Posted by ShinyShoe
I know you cant believe whats written on Wiki but often worth a look...
Lost, mislaid, and abandoned property - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In my completely unlegal opinion it would be classed as mislaid.
Would need a court to define reasonable time. But if the owner 'assumed' you knew it was there rather than it being stollen and dumped he would assume you'd come back for it at some point and I'd say 28 days is more than reasonable..
My parents "don't want to make a fuss", but I might!
Unfortunately (for him, maybe), he can't identify when it "arrived". The best way to record someone leaving something expensive on your property is, I would suggest, reporting it as 'found' to the Police.
Apart from his 'advert' being washed-out biro on a soggy bit of paper it faced his house on a private road, facing away from the actual road that runs parallel.
"When, exactly, did this item arrive?"
"Can you prove this unambiguously?"
"Did you report it as a found item?"
"What steps did you take to find the owner?"
"Did you ask locally?"
"Did you place a notice?"
"...placed so as to give the widest possible potential audience?"
Would make a good scam: move something, put a little label on it and after 28 days flog it!