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Police confiscated items - How a criminals loss can be your gain


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State and federal seizure laws allow police confiscated items to be sold at an auction. Any item can be seized by law enforcement agencies if they were used in a crime, or were bought with money that was received as a result of a crime. The agencies can choose whether to keep the property and use it in their operations, or sell it at an auction and use the proceeds for department business. Visit us at or call 800-801-8880 for more information about Police Confiscated Items.

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Police confiscated items - How a criminals loss can be your gain

  1. 1. Police Confiscated ItemsHow a Criminal’s Loss can be Your Gain!
  2. 2. Police Confiscated Items•State and federal seizure laws allow police to sellconfiscated items at auctions•The agencies decide whether to keep property and usefor operations, or sell it at auction houses and useproceeds for department business•Recovered stolen goods is another source ofconfiscated items. When it is unclaimed, it can beauctioned
  3. 3. Police Confiscated Items•Seizure laws give law enforcement great latitude•Civil asset forfeiture laws allow police to confiscate onsuspicion alone, which makes the volume of propertyavailable for auction staggering•Whether defendants are guilty or innocent, many don’treclaim their police confiscated items
  4. 4. Police Confiscated ItemsA Huge Assortment of Police Confiscated Items•Seized property ranges from cars to rare collector’sitems•Any items associated with a crime can be seized, and sothe inventory is vast and very interesting•Drug dealers who buy items with drug money will haveall items confiscated, including money, house andeverything in it
  5. 5. Police Confiscated ItemsA Huge Assortment of Police Confiscated Items•High quality items are common to find in agencyauctions. Drug dealers are known to owning status items•Some items to find: –Jewelry, art and collectibles, collectibles and one-of-a-kind- items, electronics, household items, furs, clothing, trucks and cars, recreational vehicles, real estate, etc.
  6. 6. Police Confiscated ItemsMaking Crime Pay•Good things happen to police confiscated items: –Law enforcement get additional revenue from auctioned property –Tax dollar money needed for law enforcement activities (saving taxpayers money) –Great quality items at considerably discounted prices –Criminal doesn’t benefit from committing a crime
  7. 7. Police Confiscated ItemsMaking Crime Pay•Since crime doesn’t take breaks, agency auctions areheld frequently•Law enforcement agencies are more interested inliquidating warehouse inventories by selling itemscheaper than holding out for maximum profits
  8. 8. Police Confiscated ItemsAbout the AuthorDeb Weidenhamer is President of Auctions SystemsAuctioneers & Appraisers, Inc., based in Phoenix,Arizona. They specialize in auctions and professionalappraisals.Visit us at or call800-801-8880 for more information aboutPolice Confiscated Items.