The world’s largest metro subway system has many pluses. However theiri”lost and found” department it seems is not one of them.
According to the NYT
Only three of the items eventually showed up at New York City Transit’s lost property claim office, in the subway station at 34th Street and Eighth Avenue, where lost property is supposed to go.
Keep in mind that this was a sting operation conducted by the MTA’s own Inspector General.
The audit also uncovered a chaotic system for handling property once it is turned in, with few safeguards. Often it can take weeks or months for lost items to make their way to the property unit’s office where people can claim them.
If this was Bombay, there would be more hope of finding these at Chor Bazaar than at the lost and found…eh !!