Prince George host auction to generate funds

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PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - Going once, going twice, sold! An auction was held Wednesday to generate revenue and to prepare for a $1-million renovation project in Prince George County. Money raised at the auction will be used, in part, to purchase police equipment to help better protect residents.

From four wheelers to a car - furniture and fax machines; dozens of seized and surplus items hit the auction block. All of the items are considered unusable by the county.

"In budget times like we're facing now, as well as the rest of the state, county dollars are hard to come by so if we can get proceeds through asset forfeiture it's a win-win for all of us," said Prince George Police Captain Eric Young.

Some customers spent a few bucks. Others, like Johnny Russell, dished out thousands of dollars.

"I bought these three four wheelers, a glass case, and some cabinets," said Russell.

Much of the surplus items sold come from the police department building, which will undergo a $1.3-million make-over later this month.

"The building is going to be gutted. We'll have new plumbing, as well as, a new HVAC system, electrical upgrades," said Young.

Rosa Thorne made off with several phones and a rack. Donnell Stewart, who owns a business in Petersburg, spent $1,000 and walked away with a handful.

"I got about 20 chairs and some cubicles for the office," said Stewart.

A utility trailer brought in the most money, about $2,000. Again the county says it needed to host this auction, in part, to help clear out the police department building. Renovations on the facility are expected to be done within eight months.

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