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Theft by finding is quite simply when you find property that you know or suspect belongs to someone else, make no effort to find the owner or hand the property to the police or someone else in authority and thereafter retain it for your own use or dispose of it as if you were the beneficial owner.
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There is no strict time limits and each case would turn on it's own merits. I would suggest that a reasonable guide would probably be 72 hours but that's only a personal view and is NOT law. There is no time scale set by law.
No certainly not. I can't put a timescale on it. If you intend to return the property it is not theft as there is no intention to deprive, but there would come a time where this might be quite hard to prove.
If you are intending handing it in there is no prospect of you being charged with theft by finding.
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