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Unclaimed evidence Portland police seize now up for sale online

An electric bass guitar. A silver pocket watch. A pair of Nike Air Jordans. A golf club set and bag.

Those are among items Portland police have seized as evidence or recovered in cases that haven’t been claimed and are now for sale online.

The Portland Police Bureau has partnered with GovDeals.com to sell unclaimed property from the bureau’s property and evidence division.

The bureau makes an effort to return the property to rightful owners, but when the items can’t be traced to a person or business or are left unclaimed for a period of time, they’re put up for sale on the online merchandising site, said police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Police hold the property for at least 60 days before disposal, said Dave Benson, the bureau’s property evidence warehouse manager. Several factors influence disposal, including the statute of limitations for the crime tied to the seized evidence and whether the associated criminal case is pending or closed, Benson said.

GovDeals.com allows governments and their agencies  to sell surplus such as vehicles, furniture or other equipment online.


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