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Unclaimed, unreserved: WPS puts hundreds of items on auction block

The Winnipeg Police Service will be auctioning off unclaimed goods — some of which may be proceeds of crime — at another auction Sunday at Associated Auto Auctions. (Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press files)</p>

The Winnipeg Police Service will be auctioning off unclaimed goods — some of which may be proceeds of crime — at another auction Sunday at Associated Auto Auctions. (Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 10/6/2019 (349 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The Winnipeg Police Service are auctioning off lost and unclaimed items to the highest bidder Sunday.

Throughout the year, police try to find the rightful owners of such items, but if they can't be located, the property is auctioned off. The list of more than 300 items contains jewellery, sports trading cards, tools, appliances, and more.

"There are definitely some deals to be had," Ken Phillips of the WPS evidence control unit said in an interview Monday. "But buyer beware."

Items are auctioned one by one, and all bids start at $0. However, Phillips said none of the items has been tested to see if any work, and information behind the property — such as if it was stolen and ditched or pawned, or bought with a stolen credit card — will not be disclosed to buyers.

Since 2007, when Phillips started with evidence control, there have been 18 police auctions, which have generated about $350,000 in revenue for WPS.

Phillips said he has seen crowds ranging from 100 to 500 people for an auction. Sometimes, children have been winning bidders of an item, he added.

The auction is scheduled for Sunday at the Associated Auto Auction Ltd. (7130 Roblin Blvd.), just off the Perimeter Highway near Headingley.

Viewing begins at 9:00 a.m.; the auction starts at noon. Phillips said people who want to bid have to register before the auction starts.

Among the list of items are (possibly used) electric toothbrushes, a pepper mill, a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (without a power cord) and two mini motorcycles (which are deemed off-road vehicles under Manitoba's Off-Road Vehicles Act).

You can find a link to partial list of items (will be updated) at the Associated Auto Auction website, along with a few photos.

Any items not sold Sunday will be kept for a future auction.

nicholas.frew@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @n_frew6

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