Police Auction Off Unclaimed Recoverd Items

Police Auction Off Unclaimed Recoverd Items

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Amanda Butterfield ReportingPolice attempt to return stolen property that they recover from a crime scene, but sometimes they just can't find the rightful owner. If it's never claimed, it will go to the back of a building in a warehouse with the rest of the unclaimed goods.

The rooms there are lined with shelves, and each shelf stuffed with possible proof of a crime that has been committed.

"Clothing from rapes, computers, maybe porn cases, car parts."

The newest evidence stored in this 22-thousand square foot area is electronics. But if the rightful owner can't prove any item in there is theirs, it'll go to auction or sub for Santa programs. And that's usually what happens.

Dep. Robbie Ipson, Evidence Supervisor: "Unfortunately a lot of people don't keep serial numbers, and that's the most important thing to do is have that make model and serial number."

The owner of one bike had the serial number and can't believe he's getting it back. But it's not always so easy to get your stuff. Some wasn't stolen, but was confiscated, and is evidence being used in court that could stay here a long time.

And some of it, like some scooters, is just lost and found. If the rightful owner doesn't claim them within 90 days, the finder gets to keep them.

Keep in mind this is a secure area, so if you're missing the family jewels or your favorite sword, ou've got to contact the agency you filed the crime report to. Then you've gotta prove it's yours.

If you're interested in the going to an auction where this stuff is sold it's at www.TNTauction.com.

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