PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – iPads and Kindles, Chryslers and Caddies – there’s a lot of stuff that’s been left behind by people at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Diamond rings and other expensive jewelry were never claimed, same with hundreds of pairs of glasses, sunglasses and belts – even a pair of sneakers still in the box.

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“We have a bunch of nice watches as well, a Michael Kors, and actually, another unique item is an Andrew McCutchen autographed baseball cap and it looks like it’s been worn to a few games at least,” JoAnn Jenny, spokeswoman for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, said.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority is auctioning these items Saturday.

But a word from the wise on how to keep your stuff from ending up there:

“It’s probably good to know that when you go to the airport, you really want to hang onto your wallet, your passport and your fine jewelry,” said Jenny.

Workers do try though for 60 days to return things.

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“The people panic when they can’t find certain things and then when we return their wallets, or we return their drivers licenses, they’re so grateful,” Jenny said.

It isn’t always a happy ending for passengers though.

But you can help make it one for our troops and their families.

“The money that we raise for this foundation is going to benefit our military family comfort center, where we provide free lunches for soldiers,” Jenny said. “We give them coupons for the air mall to get a free lunch before they go on to have their service.”

The cash only auction is Saturday at 10 a.m. in the airport heavy equipment building on Cargo Road in Moon Township.


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