Auctions & Seized Vehicles

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The Police Community Services Technician (CST) receives, prepares, and maintains recovered evidence and property, court-related evidence claiming, and plans and coordinates City auctions of surplus police property and seized vehicles. 

Questions may be directed to the CST, by calling 630-393-3044, Monday through Wednesday and Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or on Thursday, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

Claiming Evidence: If a court case evidence item is to be returned to it’s owner or designated party, a court issued Order must be presented. Only items listed on that Order will be returned to the individual designated in that document. Once a court Order has been issued, please contact the CST to make an appointment to retrieve the items.  Photo identification will be required

Seized Vehicle Procedures:  If a vehicle is seized under Article 36, it is entered into the DuPage County court system and falls under the jurisdiction of the State’s Attorney’s Office. The seizure becomes a civil case and the determination of the seizure is made by a judge. This case is separate and apart from the criminal case. All communication by the police department regarding the vehicle is sent to the registered owner/lien holder. There are three possible outcomes of an Article 36 seizure:

  1. The vehicle is either returned to the owner
  2. The vehicle is returned to the lien holder
  3. The vehicle is awarded to the arresting police agency

A vehicle owner may pick up personal property from a seized vehicle by contacting the CST to make arrangements.

If the vehicle is ordered (#1) returned to the owner or (#2) lien holder, all fines must be paid and an appointment made for the release of the vehicle. A copy of the court order, a valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance are required if the vehicle is to be driven away.  

If the vehicle is awarded to the (#3) police department, it will be processed through the City’s auction procedure and auctioned by Obenauf Auctions.  

Surplus City or Unclaimed Property:  All property will be disposed of according to City procedure and/or will be auctioned through PropertyRoom.com.