It just doesn't sound right to me that the police have the right to give something away on the basis that no one has reported it missing yet.
It's relatively little effort, and no cost for you to call the manufacturer with the serial number. That should get you a dealer maybe, and maybe the dealer would still have a record of the original buyer.
Make some good faith efforts at finding the owner. Document them just in case. Wait a while before you invest any money or time in the repairs.
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