Tulsa County Sheriff's Office To Auction Off Seized Vehicles

Friday, June 18th 2010, 8:43 pm
By: News On 6

By Tara Vreeland, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office will auction off seized vehicles on Saturday. Cars, trucks, wreckers and even a motorcycle are up for bid.

Used vehicles always have a tale to tell.

"The tow trucks came from a chop shop operation. Some guy was stealing cars on the side of the road," said Sergeant Bob Darby, Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

And others have a rather rough past.

"He was going out during his pool service, gathering up chemicals and his own chemicals using it to make meth," Darby said. "Gray truck here. Two pounds of meth. He sold it to us and then a week later he was on his motorcycle and we catch him again.

But don't let the sordid stories steer you away from a good deal.

"I'm always looking for a truck, trailer, or motorcycle," said Paul McCelloch, Tulsa resident.

"All these cars come with titles, keys, they all run," Darby said.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is auctioning off nine vehicles seized from investigations conducted by the Tulsa County Metro Narcotics Task Force.

"The proceeds go to the District Attorney's revolving drug fund," Darby said. "We'll use that to fund our investigations and purchase vehicles to go out and catch more bad guys."

"It's a good place to buy a reasonably priced vehicle to fix up and put on the road," McCelloch said.

But the hazards of the vehicles' history don't come with the price tag.

"If they had been making meth in the car, we would not be selling the car because of the potential hazard," Darby said.

There are also 45 other impounded vehicles up for auction.

The auction is being held at Allied Towing, 12612 East Admiral Place in Tulsa. The auction starts at noon, but registration begins at 11 a.m.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said the vehicles may be purchased by cash or debit card only.