Dublin Police Act, 1842

Unclaimed stolen goods delivered to the receiver of the district may be sold after twelve months.

58. When any goods or money charged to be stolen or unlawfully obtained, and of which the owner shall be unknown, shall be ordered by any divisional justice to be delivered to the receiver of the police district, it shall be lawful for the receiver, after the expiration of twelve calendar months during which no owner shall have appeared to claim the same, to sell or dispose of such goods or money for the benefit of the police fund of the said district.