Nova Scotia

Auction to show crime doesn't pay

The provincial government is hosting a government surplus auction with a twist as it will include items seized from convicted criminals.

Some proceeds to go to local victim services

The provincial government is hosting a government surplus auction with a twist — it will include items seized from convicted criminals.

There's the usual government surplus auction, including an assortment of basic office furniture, aging surveying equipment and well-used all-terrain vehicles.

There's also nearly-new leather furniture, a high-end washer and dryer set, a big screen TV and a whole raft of brand new building supplies.

"For this particular auction, it's a little larger than normal. We have approximately 400 plus lots available," said Paul McKenna, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

"These items were related to criminal activities over the last two years or so," said Dan Harrison, spokesman for the provincial Department of Justice.

If it was used in a crime or bought with the proceeds of crime, it was confiscated and put in the auction.

"The money helps pay for the program and it also goes to help victim services and also to crime prevention programs that we have here at the Department of Justice," he said.

Harrison said part of the goal is to show that crime doesn't pay in Nova Scotia and that criminals can't profit from their activities.

"We've had the program since 2009 and we're very aggressive with it," Harrison said.

The auction starts Saturday at 10 a.m. at 10 Acadia Street in Dartmouth.