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Three Rolex watches stripped from criminals in the West Midlands have sold at auction for more than £10,000.

The watches went under the hammer along with other seized items including jewellery, designer clothes, mountain bikes and bottles of brandy, vodka and whisky

The ill-gotten gains up for auction were a mixture of court seizures and Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and Police Property Act (PPA) items.

POCA and PPA cash goes into West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s £1 million  Active Citizens Fund, which supports good causes around the region.

The sold West Midlands Police lots included:

  • A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II for £6,000
  • A Rolex Submariner for £3,000
  • A Rolex Datejust for £1,300
  • A 9ct gold chain for £1,600
  • Bottles of whisky, brandy and vodka for £65
  • A Carrera Virtuoso boke for £70
  • Three North Face jackets for £200
  • A collection of radiators for £20

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.”

Pictured is the Rolex Datejust, which sold for £1,300

For the full auction list and pictures, visit the Aston’s website here and click ‘past auctions February 21’

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