HONOLULU – A public auction of property forfeited to the State of Hawaii will be held on December 4, 2010, in the Pikake room at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.  The property to be sold includes a 2007 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab 4×4 Pickup truck, a 2003 Ford F350 Super Duty Extended Crew Cab Turbo Diesel Pickup truck, a 2003 Cadillac CTS, a 2000 Ford Expedition and other vehicles.  Other items include, hand and power tools, musical instruments, laptop computers, jewelry, cameras, and other property.

The property to be sold may be inspected starting at 11:00 a.m.  The auction, conducted by Rosen Auctions, will begin at noon.  For a list of the property, visit www.rosenauctions.com.

The auction is the result of ongoing efforts by state and county law enforcement agencies to fight crime by seizing and forfeiting assets used or acquired in connection with criminal activities.  Assets that were used in, or obtained from, the commission of certain criminal offenses can be seized and forfeited under the state’s asset forfeiture law.  Taking away the tools criminals use to commit crimes, and the profits from those crimes, helps deter and impede criminal conduct.  Proceeds from this auction will be used by state and county law enforcement agencies to fight crime.

Employees (and their immediate family members) of county police departments, county prosecuting attorney’s offices, and the Department of the Attorney General are not eligible to purchase forfeited property.

Anyone having information about individuals who are profiting from criminal activity should call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 955-8300.

Kern Nishioka is the Asset Forfeiture Program Manager for the state of Hawaii

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