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Oklahoma City police auctions go online

MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: July 20, 2009 at 10:06 am •  Published: July 20, 2009
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Police auctions have long been a way for savvy shoppers to get a good deal. Now Oklahoma City’s unclaimed lost and stolen items are just a click away at an online auction site.

Oklahoma City last year was added to the list of departments that sell unclaimed items on PropertyRoom.com, Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. The Web site lets users bid on everything from jewelry, electronics and vehicles to beauty and gardening supplies.

Wardlow said the department made the switch to the online auction because of convenience and to alleviate the cost of organizing a live auction.

"We would have to have officers provide security for the items, things like that,” she said. "Now we don’t have to do that anymore.”

When too many items accumulate at the station’s property room, police call the Web site and its employees come to Oklahoma City to pick up what the department offers for sale, Wardlow said.

Police keep about half of the auctions’ proceeds and add the money to the city’s general fund. See the unclaimed items at PropertyRoom.com