Diverse display at police auction

What do Teflton tape, bicycles, a John Grey class ring, a pack of candles and a ballcock have in common? All will fall under the auctioneer’s hammer as the police sell off unwanted and unclaimed items they have had in storage for several years.

The twice-yearly police auction will be held on Saturday, 29 August, with a diverse array of items up for grabs.

There are more than 200 items waiting to be bid on, including jewellery, bikes, computer games, tools and clothes.

Many of the items have been in police custody for years, never having been claimed by their rightful owners.

But some items are more recognisable than others. For example, if your initials are EJH and you lost a gold ring back in 2005, this might be your chance to reclaim it as it’s one of the items of jewellery up for sale.

And if your name is Damien, and you graduated from John Grey High School in 1997, your class ring is one of the items going on the block.

Another distinctive piece of jewellery in the auction is a gold ring ‘shaped like an indian’s head’.

Among the electronic items that bidders will get a chance to purchase are Xbox, Nintendo and Playstation consoles and games.

Construction material on sale includes two rolls of Teflon, ‘one brand in pack 8” ballcock’, a package of six white and gold cabinet knobs and a box of screws.

For the do-it-yourself fan, there is a wide array of tools available, including sledge-hammers, screwdrivers, a nailer, a cordless Milwaukee 18 volt half inch driver drill and a red and black bolt cutter.

Televisions, stereo systems, DVD players and car CD and radio players are also on sale.

The items listed under miscellaneous are exactly that. They include three packs of five-inch long white candles, a 500 amp battery selector and master disconnect switch; a Maxibus electric bus and an artistic wall hanging of a lion’s head.

The common item by far is the bicycle – 107 in all. Some have been found abandoned, while others are recovered stolen property that owners have never shown up to collect.

They include six children’s, 61 men’s and 40 women’s bikes. Descriptions vary from the detailed ‘burgundy 18-speed Huffy Ignite bicycle with shocks and Monocoque technology’ to the simple ‘black bicycle’.

Saturday’s auction begins at 9am at the Vehicle Licensing Department on Elgin Avenue, George Town.