TPS auction kicks off Saturday

More bicycles on the block than usual for this auction

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Unclaimed bicycles tend to make up the bulk of items that go under the hammer during the annual Timmins Police Services auction.

This year’s auction will see a 70 bicycles on the block which more than usual.

“The delayed auction has led to more bikes being amassed,” explained Marc Depatie, corporate communications coordinator with TPS.

The annual auction is normally held in the spring but was postponed due to COVID-19.

It is scheduled to take place this Saturday.

“We have 70 some pedal bikes of various descriptions that we cannot locate the owner,” said Depatie.

In addition to bicycles, he said, “We have tools, some automotive equipment and some jewelry has been located and turned over to the Timmins Police that we were unable to locate the owner. So there are some varied items — always a bargain.”

People can come by and view the items up for action beginning at 8 a.m.

The auction itself begins at 8:30 a.m.


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There will be no debit or credit sales.

“All transactions are deemed to be final cash or cheques only for those items over $50 will be accepted otherwise it’s a cash only basis. And the Timmins Police Services makes no promises to the warrantee or the quality of the item being purchased. It’s an ‘as is’ sale,” he explained.

“If someone should attend and they feel that the property being auctioned off is theirs, so as long as they can provide some form of proof that the item is in fact theirs, we will not auction it off. We’ll determine that in fact they are the owner and that will be turned over to them free of charge, otherwise these other items will be auctioned off.”

Depatie said they are planning to host the auction in front of the police station, though that hinges on the weather.

“We’re hopeful to enjoy the outdoor experience. In years past, that’s exactly what we’ve done. We’ve only ever held it indoors when the weather has been so unpleasant that we’ve had to do it indoors. We are expecting a bright sunny day on Saturday and we’re hopeful to conduct the entire auction outside so it will be more pleasant for those people who are attending and the COVID-19 protocols can be absolutely respected.”

Depatie said all proceeds from the auction will go towards the TPS operational budget.