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      Can a police impound auction really pay off?

      Saturday morning people flocked to Horry County police headquarters for an auction in hopes of stealing a deal.

      Nearly 200 modern day treasure hunters battled for the right bid on more than 100 items including cars, chainsaws and even a turkey fryer, in a parking lot behind the M.L. Brown Building off highway 701.

      "These have either abandoned stolen recovered and the owners just don't come for them or insurance companies don't come for them," said Lt. Peter Cestare.

      Money from the auction goes into the county's general fund.

      Past auctions have brought in more than $50,000, said Cestare.

      The opportunity to cash in on the unclaimed property brought many like Jimmy McCullough of Loris who was looking for luck.

      "I see money," said McCullough while looking at the pieces of motorcycle scraps he bought for $400. "There's probably more than $3000 to 4000 worth of parts."

      And those dollars kept adding up for those looking ahead.

      "I've got to make a living somewhere. The way the economy is every little penny helps in the long run," said Abraham Sierra of Myrtle Beach.

      He bought a minivan for $625.

      "I can save on buying a car here versus of buying a car at a dealership. It's a great deal," added Sierra.

      While some would call most of the items in the auction scraps or used parts, just make sure you don't call it junk.

      "No, no, no never," said Sierra. "It might be junk to someone but not to myself."

      Horry County also sells many personal items on auction throughout the year online on govdeals.com where they sell jewelry and furniture unclaimed or impounded by the county.

      "You can actually search by agency by county and by state," said Cestare. "It's items from all over the country that are auctioned on there. It's quite a good deal that goes on here as well as there."