THE south Seberang Prai district police managed to collect RM14,100 in an auction of 36 unclaimed motorcycles.
All the motorcycles were snapped up in the two-hour auction conducted at the vacant space of the Simpang Ampat police station.
Brands of the machines included Modenas Kriss, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki.
Despite the hot weather, a big crowd gathered for the recent auction which commenced in the morning.
The bidders were mostly motorcycle workshop operators, second-hand motorcycle dealers and scrap metal dealers while several individuals attended the auction out of curiosity.
Some of the auctioned motorcycles were in deplorable condition.
They would clearly be cannibalised for spare parts by the scrap metal dealers.
The public auction was conducted by the district police logistics department officer Asst Supt Zainudin Ismail.
District police management division chief Asst Supt Muikiaman Manzar, who represented south Seberang Prai OCPD Supt Wan Hassan Wan Ahmad, said many of the motorcycles were either seized for various offences during operations or recovered stolen vehicles.
Some of them were from accident cases.
“We have exhausted all avenues to locate the owners of the motorcycles.
“That was why we had to auction off the vehicles,” said ASP Muikiaman.
He said the bidding for the motorcycles began from RM30 to RM200.
ASP Muikiaman said the highest bidder took home a Yamaha 125-Z after paying RM2,630 while the lowest bidder went home with a Yamaha Y80 costing RM60.