The St. Thomas Police Service regularly seizes or recovers property for which the lawful owner cannot be determined or the items are unclaimed.
Previously, this merchandise was sold off through scheduled auctions held locally.
In conjunction with Police Auctions Canada, the St. Thomas Police Service has joined with the Halton, Hamilton, Owen Sound and Toronto Police Services to move our auctions onto web-based bidding through eBay. Now you can bid from the comfort of your home, and have access to a wider variety of items. As per the Police Services Act of Ontario, the St. Thomas Police Services Board may use the proceeds for any purpose that it considers in the public interest.
Found property is held for 90 days, with the exception of bikes which are held for 30 days, while the police and Property Officer attempt to locate and notify owners. Unclaimed property is auctioned, destroyed, or donated once the holding period has expired.
Property seized as evidence for court will not be released until all proceedings have been completed for a minimum of 30 days. All other property seized as evidence will not be released without the permission of the investigating officer.