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2A Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Feather River Bulletin Resident Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com From jewelry to chainsaws -- the Plumas County Sheriffs Department regularly sells an array of items on propertyroom.com. When unclaimed evidence and asset forfeiture property overwhelm the department's small storage room, Holly Taylor calls propertyroom.com for pickup. Taylor, the sheriffs evidence clerk, catalogs and tracks each item as it's collected. "Jewelry, suitcases, clothes, electronics, bicycles ..." Taylor ticks off some of the usual items that she sends off in the truck that arrives monthly. Assets that are collected during the commission of a crime remain in the evidence room until the case is adjudicated. "Crime-related items are not returned," she said. "We try to take away the tools that are used." When items can be released, the owner is notified and has 60 days to claim them. "Burglaries are horrible," Taylor said. "We will find so much stuff and we don't always know who it belongs to." She said the situation is complicated by the fact that sometimes people aren't even aware that something can buy unclaimed evidence Holly Taylor, an investigations secretary and evidence clerk with the Plumas County Sheriff's Department, points out some of the items that are destined for sale on propertyroom.com. Photo by Debra Moore has been taken from their home or vehicle. But sometimes she's surprised that people don't report missing items. "A lot of times we had as many as 100 bikes ou t back," she said. Her supervisor, Steve Peay, said that even after placing a notice in the newspaper and asking anyone who lost a bike to check at the sheriffs department, no one claimed a bike. They get shipped to propertyroom.com. The department receives 12.5 percent of the sale, which doesn't add a lot of money to the coffers, but it doesn't cost the department to try to sell or dispose of the items. "The truck comes and picks up all of the items," Taylor said. "What doesn't sell is disposed of for us." Roni Towery, the sheriffs finance officer, said the number fluctuates, but it CARPET on llby nature* Jmlae by design" FLOORS 45 Years of Service RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL FREE CONSULTATION PROMPT INSTALLATION * FREE IN-HOME SHOPPING SAVE YOUR GAS MOBILE SHOWROO Enjoy the comfort of in-home shopping! Our experienced representative will bring an assortment of carpet, wood, vinyl or laminates right to your door. ASK FOR TOM Lic. # 352667 "Shop Where The Contractors Shop" Tom @TowneCarpet.com averages about $1,500 a year. While propertyroom.com will take vehicles, the department chooses to auction them in Sacramento instead. But car parts do go to the online agent. "We send the back seats of patrol vehicles to be sold," Assistant Sheriff Dean Canalia said. When a new vehicle is purchased, Sierra Electronics installs radios and cages, and replaces the standard back seats. "Anything we can unbolt and sell, we do," Canalia said. "They come and get it and send us a check." Law enforcement agencies across the nation use the L ...... ! website to sell a host of confiscated assets and unclaimed evidence. Visit propertyroom.com and see a wide array of merchandise that is arranged by categories for easy shopping. Peay said that sometimes entire warehouses of items will be seized and then sold through the website. Men's and women's clothing and accessories, sports equipment, computers, fine art, collectibles, coins, vehicles and much more can be found on the site. Taylor said her next shipment would include a tent and chainsaw, along with a host of other items. Footloose Studio.of the Arts & Plumas Arts :: Proudly Presents CALL TOLL FREE 1-800-675-0585 or 343-0215 i!!ii!!i!!!i!!i ACT NOW AND ALS0 GE1E FREE PREMIUM MOVIE CHANNELS for 3 months HBQt ! :,W11ME IXZ Offer subject to change based on premium channel availability. 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Hollister said that because Le Coq was sentenced to more than a year in jail, "deportation is likely." Le Coq, 54, has been in the county jail since he was arrested at his home on June 26, 2012. He was originally charged with committing a lewd and lascivious act on a child. He entered a "no contest" plea to the sexual battery charge March 20, two weeks after a judge heard evidence in a pre-trial examination. The evidence included testimony from three witnesses, including the victim's mother. A video recording of the victim being interviewed by a social worker was also presented as evidence. In a taped interview with a detective, Le Coq said he had been drinking beer and smoking matqjuana the day of the incident. He said he did not remember committing the crime. Wind, Fire or Water Damage have you frustrated? Need Help? We have worked with homeowners and insurance companies for almost 30 years. 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