How to Recover Property and Vehicles

Claiming Personal Property Classified as Found or Recovered

To recover items that are classified as property (found purses, wallets, cell phones, etc.) and not considered evidence,  please call 779-500-6514 during business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and  Friday – CLOSED WEDNESDAY) for assistance and instructions on how, when, and where to recover your property.

Persons claiming property shall provide reasonable and satisfactory proof of his or her ownership or right to possession of the property being claimed.

Listed Property (as of April 4, 2021)

2/27/202121005139Black Apple I phone
3/26/202121007799Black Samsung Cell Phone
3/10/202121006242Silver Digital Watch
3/12/202121006511LG Cell Phone
3/13/202121006581Black I-phone
3/31/202121008195Stimulus Check 
3/11/202121006380Iphone – Black
3/11/202121006380Iphone – Teal
8/11/202020089154:0022 Black Cell phones and keys
8/12/202020089294:001Silver Cell Phone
8/07/202020086956:001LG Smartphone with case
8/18/202020091988Black Iphone 7
8/22/202020092437Blue Samsung
08/14/202020090142:003Silver iphone 5
5/4/202020045422:001Gold Motorola E4

Recovering items classified as evidence (Recovered by police during an investigation) 

The Property and Evidence Division can not release any item classified as evidence until the item has been released by the Winnebago County States Attorney’s Office or the Rockford Police Department District Commander and it has been reclassified as property. Please contact the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office (815-319-4700) or the Rockford Police Detective Bureau  (779-500-6551) with questions about all items, including vehicles, classified as evidence.

Buying seized property

Items seized by the Rockford Police Department that are not claimed and/or the Police Department is unable to otherwise return to an owner, are sold at auction on propertyroom.com.  Items auctioned include bicycles, electronic equipment and numerous other items.

Claiming Vehicles

All impound fees or fines must be paid at a District Station.  You will be issued a receipt to claim your vehicle from the Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA), 5937 Sandy Hollow Road. Rockford, IL. Phone: 815-874-7800. 

The impound fees must be paid in cash. You will be required to pay applicable storage fees, show proof of vehicle ownership and proof of vehicle insurance to a GRAA representative before the vehicle is released.


The following fees (subject to change) will be due at the Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) to claim your vehicle:

Tow Bill 125.00
Impound Fee* $116.00, $550.00 or $1,000.00
Release Charge $95.00
Storage (per calendar day) $35.00

*The impound fee for a vehicle impounded is $1,000 for the listed offenses: Prostitution, Solicitation of a Sex Act, Promoting Prostitution, Promoting Juvenile Prostitution, Trafficking in Persons, Patronizing a Prostitute, and Patronizing a Minor Engaged in Prostitution.

Monthly Auction

Vehicles abandoned and/or unclaimed in the City of Rockford will be sold at public auction on a monthly basis at the Greater Rockford Auto Auction, 5937 Sandy Hollow Road, Rockford, IL.

Owners may claim their vehicle at the Greater Rockford Auto Auction by paying the associated redemption fees on or before the second Monday of the Month.


Only specially licensed dealers are allowed to bid on vehicles eligible for auction. The Greater Rockford Auto Auction, located at 5937 Sandy Hollow Road, Rockford, Ill., holds auctions every Wednesday. Please contact the GRAA at 815-874-7800 with any questions.

Purchasers will be issued a “Certificate of Purchase”. Payment is due at the conclusion of the auction. Only cash or check made payable to the “Greater Rockford Auto Auction” will be accepted.