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Late-model pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and sedans made up a large part of the inventory in the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office public auction last week to raise over $112,000 from winning bidders.
The event was held Friday morning, July 2, at the sheriff’s impound yard on North Main Street in Cotulla and attracted a larger crowd than has been recorded before at the auctions, having been widely advertised in the preceding weeks.
La Salle Deputy Rickey Galvan served as auctioneer for the occasion, rallying bids from dozens of potential buyers for each vehicle.
A total of 30 cars, trucks and SUV’s went under the hammer on Friday, almost all having been seized by the sheriff’s office after being abandoned beside the road or forfeited in criminal investigations. In each case, owners had been notified over a period of months that their vehicles would be sold at auction and were given opportunities to retrieve them for payment of towing and storage fees.
Sheriff Anthony Zertuche and Chief Deputy Armando Romo said after the sale that they were encouraged by the interest in the vehicles and pleased with the sales prices.
“This will help pay for a lot of new equipment,” the chief deputy said. “We use these funds to buy new communications technology, upgrades to our patrol vehicles, law enforcement supplies in general, but also, significantly, training for our officers.”