Rolex watches and a £1,200 gold chain among 80 items stripped from criminals to go under the hammer.

Rolex watches, a gold chain and a Galliano blazer are among 80 items stripped from criminals in the West Midlands to go under the hammer.

The gaudy goods seized by West Midlands Police will be auctioned off on Tuesday 21st February at Aston’s in Dudley.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson welcomed the sale, saying ‘this shows that crime doesn’t pay’.

The ill-gotten gains up for auction are a mixture of court seizures and Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and Police Property Act (PPA) items. POCA and PPA cash goes into the Commissioner’s £1 million Active Citizens Fund, which supports good causes around the region.

Items for sale include:

  • Three Rolex watches valued between £700 and £3,000
  • A £1,200 gold chain
  • A Galliano blazer
  • Selection of designer fragrances, including Boss and Gucci

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “These tainted trinkets are the result of people’s suffering: criminals preyed on victims to earn their dirty money.

“This auction sends a strong message that crime doesn’t pay and justice catches up with criminals in the end.

“It is great to see that ill-gotten gains helping community projects across the West Midlands. The money raised from these auctions will make a difference to active citizens across the region.”

Chris Aston of Aston’s Auctioneers, added: “These West Midlands Police auctions are the most exciting auctions we hold – with the biggest variety of items on offer – and they certainly make a change from the traditional antique auctions like people are used to seeing on TV.

“The best part for both ourselves and the bidders is the fact that all of the items are sold ‘without reserve’ so items start off very low, attracting plenty of bids and ultimately selling to the highest bidder with a 100% sale rate – the very definition of the word auction.”

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