Several police forces across the UK have reportedly been selling found and confiscated items on eBay and have made millions of pounds by doing so.
According to reports, the Sussex, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and the Devon and Cornwall police forces have been selling a range of recovered items on their eBay accounts. The Leicestershire Police Ebay account alone has made £1.5 million since 2009 by selling seized items such as a Louis Vuitton handbag for £528, and a Range Rover for £10,200.
Since 2002, police forces have been able to sell goods with proof that they’ve come from illegal activity under the Proceeds of Crime Act and since then, the boys in blue have been taking advantage of this law via eBay.
As well as selling luxury items such as cars and watches, some of the items sold by the police are a lot more random. The Nottinghamshire police unit sold an engraved ice bucket for £82, whilst Sussex Police have sold a clarinet for £170.
However, the police appear to be unfazed by the random nature of these items and are appear to sell just about anything they can get their hands on.