Was it found by the road crew that was repaving Chehalem Station rd?It was found in the bushes near Chehalem Station rd. The case was spotted and grabbed first. They initially didn't even see the weapon. One dude put the case up on some guardrail and continued working. Another employee was fumbling around and found the cleaning kit. He said he just happened to look down and there it was. It had grass and weeds and such growing up through it. It obviously had been there a while. They said by the looks of it, it was thrown out of a moving vehicle. No damage to anything just open case and things strewn about. Washington County sheriff was contacted and took possession.
I have never heard of a "hot list" but stolen firearm records are never expunged. I have seen guns returned that were stolen before digital records.Police actually do attempt to contact the last registered owner when a firearm is found. But they also give you the run-around when you go to pick it up in person, Appointment with Police Evidence room, Background check normally done before you even go in to pick up firearm. They last registered owner should have no trouble getting the rifle back. Also a firearm has to be reported stolen and reported every year for it to stay on the "Hot" list, as it was explained to me by OSP at the background check call center.
Glad to know some honest people left out there.
If for no other reason - besides the fact that it would be the right thing to do - if you got caught with something stolen that is so easily checked that it was stolen, that is so likely to be checked, that if you were transporting it and were stopped would likely be found in a search and then the serial number checked - you would be screwed rude dude and rightfully so.If I had just "found" it out in the woods.. Odds are it wouldn't be seen again..
(Aside from myself of course)
Id return lost cash.. any amount, gold, jewels, wallets.. Nearly anything under the sun..
But Id sure have a mighty hard time reporting a awesome find like that.
Karma or not - returning it is the right thing to do.I have found and returned a rather huge wad of cash one time in the past. Good karma just cannot be purchased.