More than 80 bikes at police auction

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 05:00 13/12/2013

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Missing your bike?

There's a good chance it's at William Todd & Co and about to go under the hammer at the annual unclaimed police property auction today.

More than 80 bikes are among the 260-odd items unclaimed from Invercargill police property.

William Todd & Co auctioneers co-owner Lisa Withington said it was a bit unusual to have so many bikes in the police auction.

"We normally get quite a few, but I'd say this is definitely more than usual," Ms Withington said.

The bikes make up part of a wider collection of odds and ends, including a giant industrial-type light and a big fuzzy teddy bear, collected by Invercargill police during the past year.

"We get all sorts of things ending up here."

Invercargill police property exhibition officer Lauren Anderson said the items were a mix of unclaimed property received by police and general lost and found items.

"We do do our best to try and locate owners [of the items]," Ms Anderson said.

"It is important for people to report lost items to police. When an item comes in we do do our best to try and resolve it for the owner."

Mrs Withington said the auction always created plenty of interest, particularly with people who had fallen victim to burglaries throughout the year.

"Even before we've got it in here, we get people calling and asking if we've got their . . . whatever," she said.

Sometimes there were people who recognised an item as their own at the auction. In those situations, the person had to contact the police station for verification and then the item would be removed from sale, she said.

"Normally that only happens about once or twice."

Other items included a lawnmower, weed whacker, jewellery and electronics.

The auction begins at 1.30pm.

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