Unclaimed property auction returns
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A lightly used “I love Kermit the Frog” lunchbox, sausage-stuffer parts, and a set of two 14-karat white gold wedding rings are among the goods on the block at this spring’s Winnipeg police unclaimed property auction.
The event, run online by Associated Auto Auction, runs May 3-10.
A total 161 items are up for bid as-is, including more typical goods such as power and hand tools, bicycles, electronics, DVDs, and lost-or-found wrist watches and sunglasses
The Winnipeg Police Service typically holds two unclaimed goods auctions a year. The items are either found abandoned on city streets, seized as stolen goods or forfeited via the courts.
The revenue from the auctions fluctuates based on the items sold, but any cash made goes into the WPS general fund.
After 30 days, found goods that haven’t been reported as stolen or connected to a crime are held by evidence control until the next auction. Stolen goods come up for auction after the court process, if the owner isn’t found.
The finder can apply to claim an item as their own after 30 days, provided they sign paperwork to relinquish it to the rightful owner if it’s later reported stolen, according to property and evidence control technicians.