One lost bike is another (wo)man’s treasure

JACKSON, WY — The Jackson Police Department finds a lot of bikes — stolen bikes, lost bikes, abandoned bikes, they all end up in JPD custody. Sometimes, they find their way home.

But if they don’t? For one day only, they could find their way into your home.

Jackson Police Department is hosting its annual bike auction this Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at the Town Shop Yard, 450 W Snow King Ave. The silent auction features an impressive collection of all kinds of bikes: E-bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes, cruisers. You name it. Detective Jeremiah Peery guessed there are about 50 bikes up for auction.

The bikes have been heavily vetted, so the chances of someone finding their lost bike for sale are low. It’s happened before, Peery said, but most of these bikes have been in JPD’s possession for almost two years. They’re all inventory from 2018 and 2017.

Before the bikes go to auction, Peery said he spends a lot of time trying to reunite them with their owners. He runs all the serial numbers against reports of missing or stolen bikes. He holds a hearing in the courthouse for found property. But nobody has claimed this batch, so “here we are, at auction time.”

Perhaps the most valuable items are a pair of bikes — an e-bike and a road bike — that fell off a motorhome. They’re probably worth a couple thousand bucks each, Peery said, but will sell for much less. “Most of the time people walk away with bikes will under MSRP,” Peery said.

All of the money raised at Saturday’s auction will go into the town’s general fund.

The auction goes from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. They’ll announce the winners at noon, if not sooner. Winners must be present at the announcement to win.

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