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Police auction lost and stolen items

Some of the items up for auction

Stolen and lost laptops, sunglasses and mobile phones were among dozens of items auctioned off by police in Famagusta this week, it was reported on Friday.

According to CNA, Famagusta police spokesman Andreas Constantinou said the loot also included men’s watches, items of jewellery, bicycles, mopeds and diving equipment.

“The items auctioned were property found by members of the public from various police stations in the district which have remained unclaimed by their owners,” he said.

“Property was also auctioned off from criminal cases, such as burglaries and thefts or cases of illegal possession of items whose owners have not been identified. ”

According to Constantinou most of the items were sold and there had been quite a lot of interest.

He did not reveal how much money was made.

Constantinou said before anything is auctioned, the items are posted at police stations in a last attempt to find the owners following normal investigations into each separate case. “There is a double and a triple check to try and find the owners first” he added.

The only thing he would reveal about the proceeds was that according to regulations, 50 per cent of the cash would go to the treasury, 25 per cent to a police fund, and the remaining amount would be shared as a reward between the people who turned in the lost property provided that one quarter of the value of the item sold exceeds €34.

Auctions are held regularly when unclaimed lost and stolen property stacks up.

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