Bikes overflow from a room in the basement of the Bar Harbor Fire Department. Bikes that have unclaimed for more than six months will be sold by the Bar Harbor Police Department on June 9. ISLANDER PHOTO BY SAMUEL SHEPHERD

Police to sell unclaimed bikes

BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Police Department plans to offload about 100 lost or unclaimed bikes in a June sale. The Town Council unanimously approved the plan at their April 3 meeting.

Periodically, a bike is left for months at a time in the Village Green or elsewhere. Sometimes residents call the Police Department offering to buy them if they’re unclaimed.

“We have a little room that’s overflowing right now,” Chief Jim Willis said on April 5. “There’s everything from a really nice bike to something that’s rusted and falling apart.”

Willis said the Police Department has sold bikes in this fashion before, but the last sale was more than five years ago.

State law requires police departments to retain lost property for six months but specifically allows bikes to be disposed of in any matter decided by the town.

A March 28 memo from Willis said proceeds from the sale would be sent to the town finance office and unsold bikes would be sent to the transfer station.

The sale will begin on Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. Willis said that the bikes will be lined up on Firefly Lane and will be sold by auction or for reasonable offers. Willis said the department may make this an annual event.

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and a former Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
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