THV Extra: Inside the Little Rock Police Dept. property room

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Little Rock Property Room has more than 85,000 items, ranging from weed eaters to electronics.

    These items are pieces of confiscated evidence that are now in the police department's possession. While not all of the items are up for sale, many of them end up online for purchase once they are no longer needed as evidence.

    A city warehouse is full of items that are up for sale, some are used and some are new. Once the evidence is no longer needed, they can sell it. The website, PropertyRoom.com, works with police stations in 48 states to list the items.

    Website CEO PJ Bellomo says it is similar to eBay.

    "We catalog; we take pictures and put it up on our website, the vast majority, 90 percent plus, of our auctions start at a dollar. You bid for free, only the winners pay," says Bellomo.

    Once a month, PropertyRoom.com sends a truck to LRPD to pick up items. With the upcoming holidays, Sgt. Cassandra Davis says sales will be picking up.

    "There are instances where there is new property, never been open, never even out of the box and if they do a search warrant and they recover this type of property and they can't find the owner, then that can be brought down to the property room and it's new stuff."

    PropertyRoom.com does not charge police stations to use the website, but they do keep a percentage of sales. LRPD puts all its profits from the sales into police pensions.

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