That's a great little amp. I was a Classe dealer for many years and sold a batch of those.
A little bit of follow-up. My conscience got the better of me so I sent an email to an officer that I have met a few times. Not that we're friends. I explained the situation and asked him how a situation like this is handled. He replied that I should call 911 and report what I found, otherwise I risk being arrested! Not wanting the amp simply taken away, I replied that to 99.9% of the world, this would look like some common discarded piece of electronics. Since I'm smart enough to know that it's not common, I intend to keep it unless it has actually been reported stolen. Then I would gladly turn it over. His next reply asked me if I had found it on XXX street. I replied that it was the alley parallel to that street. I haven't heard back from him. We'll see. I've done nothing wrong. I just know that if it was mine, I'd want it back. And if someone threw it out, I'll take it.
Happy conclusion.....Here's what happened. I went down to City Hall to see if I could talk to a detective involved with burglaries. The disagreeable woman at the front desk gave me the "call 911 and they'll send out an officer." So I did. I was very lucky to get a guy that came into my workshop and went "Wow" when he saw all my old radios and woodworking equipment. He's restoring an old log house and bank barn out in the country. Plus he has his grandparents' old "upright radio." So, he looks at the amp and read the Seventy model as Serendipity....LOL. I write down the make and model number for him and he's going to go back to the station and see if it is on any burglary reports and call me back. Normally they would just take the item and if nothing came up, it would be destroyed! But for me, he would hate to see that happen. So, a half hour later he calls me and says that there was nothing, so as far as he's concerned, it's trash and it's mine.
Czarivey, if YOU had your equipment stolen, would YOU give the exact make and model of the equipment? I know that I would. In fact, I would do it with any of my possessions if they were stolen. How else could you identify it as yours? That was all that the OP reported, make and model, not serial number.
To the OP, good for you. You did the right thing and it worked out in your favor and you have a clear conscience.
I know that once a year the Drug Task Force has a big auction for confiscated cars and other items considered ill gotten goods. Surely this could be used to sell other items like lost-and-found stuff. But it's probably just a case of time and money. Things would need to be stored, etc. And most used stereo equipment has little value, of course. Guns (forbidden subject?) are routinely destroyed. Always seems odd that when grandma turns over grandpa's old shotgun (possibly with antique value) they crush it....LOL.
If your house is broken into and your valuable items are stolen, you would file a report, with the model and serial numbers with the police. Also, for insurance purposes, you have to be able to properly identify what was stolen. You should have a detailed list of your valuables with make, model and serial numbers and include pictures and provide that to the insurance company. They bet on their customers not claiming everything stolen because they don't have or keep records and can't remember. This includes clothing also. When you are upset, it is hard to remember. so make a detailed list and take pictures.
But, in most cases, if you can't properly identify your stolen items by serial number, there is a good chance you will not be able to recover them.
I just know that in the case of stolen items, pawn shops, etc. if the police track items to pawn shops, they will use serial numbers. I mean, there are lots of Rolex watches stolen and pawned. Which one was yours? prove it. That is what will be said.
The OP did the right thing. Don't take any chances. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Report and be safe. Conscience isn't the issue. It is really about protecting yourself.
I also keep the receipts of my valuables. Also, when I purchase used items, I ask for a copy of the original receipt or purchase receipt if the item was purchased second hand by the seller. I try hard to not buy stolen/hot items. It simply isn't worth the headache or heartache when problems arise. Receipt of stolen items is a very serious issue.
Some of the serious issues aren't recognizable as well. Common item such as Classe 70, could have been purchased from major electronics retailer that after certain period of time would not keep this receipt in the database. Besides, the database of let's say BestBuy only lasts for couple of months to take care of qualified returns and than gets recycled. Some of the receipts are recoverable within next year, but not any longer.
To print 2...3 years old receipt isn't a biggie. Not traceable, but yet serious issue.