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May 02 10:12 AM

City of Shreveport, Bossier sheriff to auction off surplus vehicles and equipment Saturday

The City of Shreveport and the Bossier Sheriff’s Office have joined forces with Lawler Auction Company and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to auction off a large assortment of vehicles and equipment at an auction slated for this Saturday, May 3, at the Lawler Auction Facility, north of Shreveport, beginning at 9 a.m.

Whether you are looking for a car, a pickup truck, a welding machine, a crane, a tractor, or even exercise equipment or perhaps office furniture, the auction on Saturday will be the place to be.

The City of Shreveport routinely conducts two to three auctions per year to liquidate retired vehicles and equipment that are no longer needed. The assets come from a wide variety of departments including the police and fire departments, public works, airport and SPAR.

Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington also places his retired vehicles up for bid at public auctions several times per year, and those vehicles seem to attract lots of bidders, according to auctioneer Danny Lawler, who pointed out the great condition of several Ford Crown Victoria patrol cars that were brought to auction this week along with a 2006 travel trailer that is no longer needed by the sher iff’s office.

Included in Saturday’s auction will be the assets of a large welding and fabrication shop from Morgan City, La., that filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Summerhays appointed Lawler Auction Company to auction off all of the assets of the business, which includes numerous welding machines, track welders, wire welders, a crane, tools, tool boxes and a huge assortment of fabrication equipment.

“I don’t believe that I have ever seen such a big variety of items in one single auction,” said Lawler Auctions Project Manager David Doiron, who pointed to items inside a large warehouse that included a large assortment of washers and dryers that had been taken out of city fire stations, a pink four-wheeler, several golf carts, air compressors, a Ditch Witch trencher, freezers, office chairs, desks, file cabinets, televisions, several commercial lawnmowers, pool tables, foosball tables, an air hockey table, a scoreboard, large concrete planters, copiers and many more items.

According to Doiron, the city will also auction off items that will be left in place at city locations and will be sold via pictures that are displayed both online and on television screens at the auction facility.

Interested persons can access pictures, lists, and can even place absentee bids on the items using their credit card by clicking on lawlerauction.com.

A preview and inspection time has been set for Friday, May 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The auction starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday and will consist of over 300 lots.

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