Crime Stoppers sale nets mixed results |

Crime Stoppers sale nets mixed results

Shoppers peruse cars up for auction Saturday at the Senior and Community Center. Summit County Crime Stoppers held the auction and sale to raise reward funds, but with mixed results.

FRISCO – Despite a scarcity of bids at its fundraising auction, Summit County Crime Stoppers raised several thousand dollars Saturday to help fund rewards for tipsters who help solve crimes.

The Crime Stoppers benefit included a silent auction and garage sale, in addition to a live auction, which featured sailboats, pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks, cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.

Most of the items were donated by local merchants and dealers on a consignment basis. Any of the auction items that weren’t sold by the end of the day were to be returned, Crime Stoppers board president Steve Layne said.

“I don’t know what to think,” Layne said. “The event was well-publicized, and there’s a lot of great stuff here.”

An entourage of interested bidders followed Layne around the parking lot of the Senior and Community Center near the County Commons in Frisco when the auction began at 10 a.m. But the only things that seemed to draw bids were canoes, kayaks and a snowmobile.

Inside the center, however, sales were brisk. Bargain hunters bid on gift certificates and dinners for two provided by local restaurants in the silent auction. A garage sale of items donated to the cause also sold well, especially ski gear.

“I even sold a toilet for $10,” said Frisco Police Chief Tom Wickman.

Crime Stoppers board treasurer Lynn Cavalluzzi said the group had collected more than $2,000 by lunchtime, with hours left to go.

Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for anonymous tips that help solve crimes in Summit County. Local citizens formed the group a year ago to address rising property crimes and thefts, and Crime Stoppers has already helped apprehend a fugitive in Breckenridge. The organization is run by non-police citizens and business owners. The group also recently held its first training seminar, drawing more than 100 business owners and managers to a session on preventing theft.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or

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