The Honolulu Police Department auctions off thousands of items that it has amassed from various criminal cases over the years. The auction inventory is not limited to goods that were retained from criminal cases. Oftentimes citizens come across personal property that it submits to HPD custody in hopes of reuniting the property with its rightful owner. After attempts are made to find property owners, unclaimed items sit idle in HPD’s headquarters, taking up valuable space.
Oahu Auctions has been tasked with lessening HPD’s ever-growing stockpile of such forfeited property. “The volume of inventory is incredible,” exclaims Alicia Brandt of Oahu Auctions. “We’ve unpacked hundreds of boxes containing GoPro cameras, new iPhones, jewelry, artwork, handbags, travel gear, car audio components and various agriculture paraphernalia. We were surprised to find a lot of new merchandise with retail tags still on them, from luxury-brand sunglasses, personal accessories and apparel to travel gear and electronics.”
Auction goers can also expect to find bikes, surfboards, skateboards and sporting goods. Power tools, generators and pressure washers are also in abundance along with cameras and game consoles. Odds and ends include drones, a golf cart, a dirt bike, a collection of vintage aloha shirts, guitars and pocket watches from the 1940s. There’s something that appeals to every age group.
If you’re browsing through the items online and see something that was stolen from you, you could claim it back.
Brandt said you can file a police report and provide information that proves the item belongs to you.
HPD receives just over half of the proceeds, which are then deposited into the city’s general fund. A similar auction last year generated nearly $30,000 for the city’s general fund.
The week-long online auction ends Sunday, April 14 (6 p.m.). It is open to the public and there is no charge to register and bid in the auction. A one-day preview for the public will take place at the Dole Cannery in Iwilei on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All other details are available at oahuauctions.com.