PEPPERELL -- The Pepperell Police Department is holding its first public auction to rid the department's storage unit of recovered objects including a canoe, several snowboards and nearly 20 bicycles.
The auction will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Public Safety Complex at 59 Main St. Items will be available for preview beginning at 8 a.m. and bidding will start at 9 a.m.
The items are all being released after more than a year in department evidence and property storage, according to Sgt. Alan Lessieur. Some are objects recovered as evidence, but most are missing items that were turned in to police.
"A lot of it is stuff people find on the side of the road. We check with all the surrounding towns, but there are things that no one's claimed ownership for," Lessieur said.
"Some of the bigger departments do auctions like this yearly, but we never had enough stuff," he said.
Other items for sale include a golf bag, a small go-kart and a racquetball set.
All proceeds from the auction will go toward the town's general fund, rather than the police department itself.
Lt. Todd Blain said the auction is open to the pubic for all those 18 years of age and older. He encouraged Pepperell residents to attend because the money goes right back into the community.
"The town will benefit from the money you spend," Blain said.
Some of the bigger ticket items, such as the canoe, may have minimum bids set, although offers will be accepted on items that don't meet the minimum.
Lessieur said the department is hoping to sell as many items as possible to clear out space in its storage unit.
"We'd like to see the things go to someone who would use them. It's a good opportunity to get things that you need, and you'd be paying a fraction of a cost of what those items go for new," Lessieur said.