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11/28/2014 - CNN

Bargain Prices on Police Auction Site

CNN's Paul Vercammen reports on a police auction website that sells unclaimed stolen evidence items at bargain prices.

11/19/2012 - Fox & Friends

Deals on Steals -

How you get some awesome deals on stolen stuff. We promise it is legal.

2/7/2012 - Fox News

Stolen Goods for Sale at Deep Discount

Deals so good they're a steal.

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8/1/2010 - MSNBC

Your Business on MSNBC

Selling stolen goods. Sounds a bit shady. But for one entreupenuer, he's doing it on the up and up. With if you can believe it, the support of the local police.

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12/14/2011 - Huffington Post

Property Room Auctioning Your Favorite NYPD- Seized Items

Struggling to find the perfect gift for your family and friends? Don’t bother with the atrocious lines or crazy, pepper-spraying customers because New York’s finest may be able to help save the day!

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5/28/2014 - MTV News

Jobs That Don't Suck' Spotlight: How One Man Makes A Legal Living From Stolen Goods

Illegal crime in the United States is a multimillion dollar industry, but if you watched last week's "Jobs That Don't Suck" episode, you know that you can get just as much bang for your buck working on the right side of crime. (Plus, you get to stay out of prison!)

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11/28/2008 - Consumer Reports

Stolen Products: America's "Most Wanted" Gifts

Nothing says happy holidays like getting a hot gift from someone special. No, I’m not referring to a pair of Ugg boots or the latest incarnation of the Apple iPhone. We’re talking “hot” as in stolen, swiped, fell off the back of a truck. But before you sic the authorities on us, rest assured it’s legal. Honest. We may be tightwads, buy we’re not crooks.

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12/3/2021 - News Register

Police put stolen items on display for public identification

McMinnville Police are holding sessions this weekend for viewing of items recovered from multiple burglaries around McMinnville and the rest of the county over a four-month period this year.

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6/1/2021 - Yahoo Finance Awarded Sourcewell Contract for Auction Services with Related Solutions

Partnering with Sourcewell allows to offer online auction services to public sector organizations by allowing clients to utilize a contract that has gone through a comprehensive request for proposal process resulting in a contract that meets and exceeds local procurement requirements.

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5/4/2021 - The Outer Banks Voice

Unclaimed Property Auction for Nags Head

By statute, law enforcement agencies must auction seized, found, and unclaimed personal property at public auction.

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2/21/2021 - Main Street News to auction items from BCSO

The Banks County Sheriff's Office is auctioning its unclaimed stolen, seized or surplus assets and goods through, an online auction site.

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2/16/2021 - News Break

Eighteen New Police Departments and Municipalities Sign On With to Auction Off Stolen and Seized Items

Items sold through online auctions to bring deals to the community and generate income for partners.

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January 26, 2021 - 22 News WWLP

Springfield Police Department’s property division relocated

The Springfield Police Department has relocated its unclaimed property location where individuals can go to pick up items.

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January 9, 2021 -

6 online auction websites to try if you love buying and selling on eBay

Everyone likes saving money and finding ways to put some extra cash in their pockets. Who couldn’t use a few extra bucks?

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11/17/2020 - The Subtimes

Notice of Online Auction of Unclaimed Property

In compliance with RCW 63.32.010 of the Revised Code of Washington, notice is hereby given that the Lakewood Police Department and Police Chief Mike Zaro will hold an online auction of unclaimed property from the Lakewood Police Department Property Room.

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3/3/2020 - CBS Sacramento

‘I’m Rich!’: 93-Year-Old Woman Reimbursed $5,700 For Savings Bonds Stolen 4 Years Ago

A 93-year-old woman who lost more than two dozen $100 savings bonds in a burglary four years ago finally has her money back, thanks to some dedicated police officers.

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7/1/2020 - West Life

Westshore: Bikes In Police Custody

Empty bicycle racks in stores ranging from independents to big box stores have made bicycles a hot commodity in this summer of not-much-organized sports.

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3/18/2020 - Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office

Doña Ana County Unclaimed Property

The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department collects evidence and seizes goods in the pursuit of criminal investigations.

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2/28/2020 - 41 KSHB

KCPD helps return stolen savings bond to elderly woman works to return property recovered in criminal cases to their proper owners after the case has concluded. That was the case for 28 $100 savings bonds - issued in 1989 -recovered in a theft.

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1/20/2020 - Kim Komando

5 Online Auction Websites To Try If You Love Buying And Selling On eBay

If you’re looking for deals with a twist, check out The site works with more than 3,000 law enforcement agencies and municipalities nationwide to help auction their seized, stolen, abandoned and surplus goods.

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1/6/2020 - BuzzFeed

16 Seized, Stolen, Abandoned And Surplus Treasures You Can Get On

In the criminal justice system, property that is seized or otherwise acquired by a law enforcement agency can be auctioned for pennies on the dollar.

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12/16/2019 - CRN

New AWS Awards Single Out Public Sector APN Members

Amazon Web Services honored partners with its inaugural AWS Public Sector Competency and Region Awards at AWS re:Invent 2019 in Las Vegas.

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9/16/2016 -

Ask Matt … About Sheriff's Sale of Unclaimed Items

For those who missed it, the paper ran a legal ad for lawnmowers, rifle cases, laptops, power tools, bolt cutters and even a banjo! Some of these items were abandoned and turned in to the Sheriff’s Office. Others could have been recovered stolen property where the owner could not be identified.

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7/28/2016 - HillsboroNewsTimes

In an Online World, Police Auctions Go High Tech

Rare coins, swords and even a human skull are just a few of the items she's run across at the Hillsboro Police Department. And after 19 years as Hillsboro's lead evidence technician, few things surprise her anymore.

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6/21/2016 - Awards Schlarship Grant to Law Enforcement Education

Online auction site recently awarded the 3rd Annual Chief Daryl Gates Memorial Educational Scholarship Grant at the 2016 California Association of Property & Evidence (C.A.P.E) Training Seminar.

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6/21/2016 - Benzinga

3rd Annual Chief Darly Gates Memorial Educational Scholarship Grant awarded by

Leading online auction site,, which conducts "$1 No Reserve" public auctions for law enforcement, government and municipal agencies nationwide, awarded the 3rd Annual Chief Daryl Gates Memorial Educational Scholarship Grant at the 2016 California Association of Property & Evidence (C.A.P.E.) Training Seminar.

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4/14/2016 - 13 WTHR Offers Chance to Bid on Unclaimed Items is where unclaimed property from police departments is being added everyday. You can bid on everything from coin collections to bicycles to flat screen televisions and even forfeited cars and trucks.

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1/12/2016 - Citizen times

Lost Property? Claim it at Police Room

From purses to bikes to firearms, the lost property sits in the city police property and evidence room, awaiting its rightful owner... unclaimed property then goes to be auctioned on Funds go the Buncombe County Board of Education.

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1/6/2016 - nerdwallet

Where to Buy Good, Cheap Laptops

If you want a laptop really cheap and are comfortable forgoing the warranty, government websites are a decent option.

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12/1/2015 - Camas Post Record

CPD Sells Seized, Stolen Property via Online Auction

Many local agencies are already using, including the Washougal Police Department, Clark County government, Battle Ground Police Department, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office and the Vancouver Police Department. There are a total of more than 3,000 law enforcement and municipal agencies currently using the service nationwide, including 160 in Washington.

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11/4/2015 -

Firearms Auctions Support Public Safety

With their new Firearms Auction Services, is able to offer firearms auctions starting at $1 with No Reserve price on – solving a problem law enforcement agencies are facing, sending back proceeds to support local communities and providing great deals for firearm enthusiasts nationwide.

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8/15/2015 - ChicoER News

Unclaimed Bikes, Other Property Auctioned Online for City Profit

The Chico Police Department processes thousands of pieces of evidence and unclaimed property every year. After every reasonable effort has been made to reunite items with rightful owners and the legal waiting period has passed, the sheer volume of property makes it necessary for the department to find a way to dispose of it, said Property Section coordinator Joe Moralli, who estimates about 10,000 pieces of property come into the department’s possession every year.

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7/29/2015 -

Treasures from State Unclaimed Property Vault Auctioned on Ebay

Unclaimed treasures from abandoned safety deposit boxes and police property rooms are being auctioned to the highest bidder online! Find out how to bid on this unclaimed property and how to make sure none of your property ends up in the auction.

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7/13/2015 - WZZM17

Evidence Auctions Help Holland Police Budget

Holland police sell the items through, which shares in the profit.

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4/29/2015 - Chron

You Might Have Items in HPD's Property Room Waiting for You

A website,, is usually where the unclaimed stuff goes to get sold.. Proceeds go back to the city's general fund.

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4/17/2015 - Southhold Local

Southold Police Offer up Seized, Stolen Merchandise for Sale Online

Last month, Southold joined over 3,000 police and municipal agencies across the country and signed on to participate in an online auction service,, a site offering “$1 No Reserve” online auctions.

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3/20/2015 -

AWS EBS Volumes Push the Scalability Envelope

Scalability updates to the Amazon Web Services Elastic Block Store service became generally available this week, and while the changes are welcome, some users say the new volumes could be simpler.

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5/14/2014 - Star-Telegram

Seized Items Bring Big Bucks in Auctions

As he walks through a warehouse filled with items headed for an online auction, AJ Jaber stops to swing a pitching wedge from a shiny set of Callaway golf clubs and then spins a few bicycle wheels.

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1/27/2012 - Bilings Gazette

Billings Police Turn to Online Auction Service to Sell Unclaimed Evidence, Found Property

A little gray garden statue that was turned in to the Billings Police Department will soon be offered up for sale to bidders around the world.

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12/13/2011 - CBS Radio

Stolen Items Seized By NYPD Could Be Yours

If you're looking for a hot item this holiday season, then something that was once stolen might be the way to go. is an auction site that offers stolen items that were seized by police department around the country, including the NYPD.

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11/21/2011 - CBS Dallas

Wile E. Coyote Helps Local Police

It arrives by the truck load; the unique and the unusual. Delivery man, J.T., is dropping off two eight-foot metal poles with holes running up the sides. “They’re football helmet dryers,” J.T. explains as he pulls them off a large truck. “After the end of the season, when they wash the helmets and clean them out, they put pegs in the holes and put the helmets on them so they can dry out,” he added.

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9/14/2011 - Eyewitness News ABC 7

Site Offers Seized Police Property for Sale

The garage at Steve DeMott's home in West Covina is full of stolen goods. But DeMott owns everything with the blessing of the police department. That's because he bought the goods legally from a website called

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8/7/2011 - HJNews

No More Killer Deals on Police Surplus

Private property ends up at police stations for a number of reasons. Stolen goods recovered from burglary arrests are only part of the picture, explains North Park Police Sgt. John Italasano.

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9/10/2009 - Daily News

It's a Steal of a Deal at Former Cop's Site:

Most of us dream of having an "Ah ha!" moment, that instant when an incredibly simple but financially lucrative idea springs full blown into our heads.

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3/25/2009 - Eyewitness News ABC 13

Shopping Deals at the Police Station

We are talking about jewelry, designer sunglasses and handbags, cars and computers. Some of it is brand new and in many cases it's stolen merchandise that was never claimed.

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11/14/2006 - CNN Money

What a steal: A Web Site Sells Stolen Items sells lost, stolen or forfeited goods from police departments.

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2/10/2005 - Entrepreneur

Bargain-Buying at Live Auction Sales

Live or offline auction sales provide a host of excellent buying opportunities for entrepreneurs who are willing to spend time researching and attending sales. These efforts are usually rewarded with incredible buys, which can be resold for two, three, or even four times as much as cost.

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