Columbia police don’t know how two iPhone 7 Plus devices came to be left at the intersection of Columbia Lakes and Roberts Drive.
The phones were brought in to the police station by residents who saw the phones while riding their bikes. But first the pair went on vacation, so the phones sat on a kitchen counter for a couple of weeks before being brought to the station.
Police Chief Jerry Paul said the phones were found on Aug. 18, and had been de-activated by the time they were brought to the police.
It’s not unusual for lost phones to end up at the police station, he said. Last weekend, at the Songs 4 Soldier event featuring Bret Micheals on Friday night, phones were left at the Bolm-Schuhkraft City Park.
“We found several cell phones during that event, but that was a concert so that makes a little more sense,” Paul said. “But people came out right away” to retrieve their phones.
Paul said owners of lost phones are pretty quick to contact the police about missing devices, but when there is a delay then Columbia police post pictures on Facebook, as they did on Tuesday. In about three hours, the post had been shared more than 40 times.
Paul said each device costs at least $700. Owners can retrieve the phones at the station, or call police at 618-281-5151.