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Laurel Police to sell abandoned and unclaimed property

Laurel Police will sell abandoned and unclaimed property – everything from a pair of rubber boots to diamond jewelry and laptop computers – at a public auction Saturday, June 30 at 8 a.m. at Partnership Hall, 811 Fifth St.

Nearly 30 abandoned bicycles are among the sale items.

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The items for sale have been held by the police for more than 90 days, and have been declared abandoned or unclaimed. Sales will be cash only, and items will be auctioned. Buyers can come early, around 7:30 a.m., to browse the auction items, according to Chip Booker, property custodian for Laurel Police.

All items are sold "as is," with no guarantee, for instance, that the electronic devices will work, Booker said. While most of the auction items are not of high value, Booker said two women's rings for sale will have minimum bids of $200 each.

Money from the sale will go to the city government, not the police department; but after paying expenses connected with the sale, the city has just about "broken even" in past sales, Booker said.

"We usually have a good crowd," Booker said. "We do have some better items this time, and over 200 items not counting the bikes. It's the biggest auction we've had in 25 years."

For a list of bikes and other items for sale, go to cityoflaurel.org/content/laurel-police

This story had been updated.

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