Electronics Used in Crimes Auctioned Off in Monroe County


SNYDERSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – To buy a like-new Samsung phone, Nancy Veety first had to out bid dozens of people.

Veety says, “well I came to hopefully pick up a couple of phones. I’m still using a flip phone!”

And her most expensive purchase was just $65 bucks.

Bidders bought laptops, I-Pads, safes, even lawn equipment.

“I believe some of the phones went for five dollars, some went for ten. We sold laptops, I-pads. One I-pad went for fifty dollars. So yeah, you get a good bargain at of these,” explains Chief Detective Eric Kerchner, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.

During drug busts, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office confiscates hundreds of these items. Once no longer needed as evidence, they are forfeited and sold at auction.

Beds and other items recently seized from massage parlor raids in Tannersville also made a come back.

“There’s open signs, lamps, body lotion, I think like five gallon jugs of body lotion you can buy!” says Kerchner.

Cash raised helps Monroe County’s Drug Task Force.

“This is just all everyday people out to get a good deal,” adds Veety.

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office holds two electronic auctions and two vehicle auctions each year.

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