People crowded into a Caldwell parking lot fenced with chainlink and concertina wire on Saturday. They were there to look for good buys as Canyon County auctioned off the contents of the Sheriffs Crime Lab.
Auctioneer Roger Nakashimas patter: Buy that ring, get it resized for your wife and youll be a hero for life, competed with the whistle of a passing train.
The items on the block everything from alligator boots, to jewelry, to a turkey fryer and bolt cutters that hinted at their past owners activities were items seized in criminal investigations.
At least one member of the public was able to retrieve a grill and gas can that hed reported stolen before the auction started, said Nakashima.
The auction raised $5,900, all of it going back to the county. A camera and wedding ring set, each bringing in about $600 were the top sellers of the day.
Dave and John Likes, father and son from Meridian, spent around $40 for a box of watches and a couple of commemorative coins.
Francis Tincher from Caldwell bought two armloads of clothes for $5. He planned to give them away to his fellow Kingdom Hall members.
Its better than sending people to the thrift store, he said.
Some people were just there to look at the collection of items, spread across tables. One man unsheathed a blade the size of a lawn cutting implement and turned to his friend.
You need a new horror movie knife?
He surveyed the table.
What about a pager? Do people still use pagers?
The auction, the first of its kind in about three years, was necessary, said Becky Kearsley from the countys facilities department. The county has been running low on storage space as seized items have been piling up.
Buyers didnt seem bothered by the idea of bad juju from the source of their treasures.
In this day and age, it could have been evidence or stolen property. Some could have been bought with drug money. But were in a society with so many variables, said Nakashima.
Anna Webb: 377-6431