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East Longmeadow Police to hold auction this weekend

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EAST LONGMEADOW, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

If you are in the market for a laptop or a bike or even a car, you might want to stop by the East Longmeadow Police Station on Saturday.

They're auctioning off more than a hundred items currently in storage.

Get your bids ready because they may go fast.

The East Longmeadow Police Department is making some final checks and balances before auction time this weekend.

Sgt. Steve Manning told Western Mass News that the department likes to clear-out unclaimed and unused items every two to three years so people in the community can use them. 

"These are bikes that have been abandoned, turned in by people that they find in their yard. Many of them are probably stolen, we are just unable to find the owner," Manning explained.

There are about 150 items up for auction, put together by police, fire, DPW, town offices, and the council on aging.

Items vary from old vehicles like a minibus, to generators, fire hoses, an old float from past parades, and the star attraction - 90 Macbook Pro2 laptops once used by teachers in town.

"These are laptops still in very good working order, just no longer needed in town," Manning added.

Some may be wondering why police won't just give these items away, the bikes at least.

Under state law, after one month, unclaimed and abandoned property obtained by police can only be sold at a public auction, not donated, but police may still be able to help those less fortunate. 

"After the auction, anything that we do have, we may be able to do something like that.  We appreciate our community and we'd like to give back," Manning said.

The auction will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the police station.  Sales are cash only, though you can get here early to scope out the items for yourself.

Police said that proceeds from the auction go back into the town's general fund.

For more information on the auction, CLICK HERE.

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