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Friday, March 5, 2010

Where Stolen Guns and Vespas Are Reincarnated

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 11:39 AM

What happens to all the stolen objects that never find their way home again? Purloined bikes, car stereos, coin collections and guns pile up in the police property room, waiting for an owner to claim them. Evidence from trials piles up there, too. Right now, there are 329 found bikes hanging in the Portland police property room, says manager Ty Routley.

After 30 days or 60 days or years, with some pieces of evidence, the unclaimed goods are distributed to state offices that can use them or are sent down to the state property surplus warehouse in Salem. From there, the stacks of valuable are either sold in a surplus store open only three hours a day or auctioned on eBay, like this pair of electric scooters (current bid: $90) from the Portland Police or these assorted gun butts and holsters (which went for $234).

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