Dentures, guitar, plasma TV among the lost items on STM network last year

The STM reports about 61,000 items have been turned into its lost and found department in 2018 — a figure that's up about 32 per cent since 2014.

The items that transit users lost over the past year range from the picayune to the exotic — umbrellas, toques, gloves, books and phones are among the most common items brought back to the STM's lost and found centre at Berri-UQAM metro station.

But transit users have also left an electric guitar, a set of dentures, a plasma TV, a new air conditioner, immigration documents and even a cooked chicken on buses and metros.

Items that make it to Berri-UQAM are ticketed, catalogued, and stored on shelves. If no one claims the items after three weeks, they're given away. Winter clothes, for instance, are given to homeless shelters and usable books are given away to Quebec's national library — located across the street from the Berri-UQAM station.

Identification cards, passports and other official documents are handed over to Montreal police.

Officials say roughly 12 per cent of lost items are actually recovered by their owners.