Sheriff finally getting rid of vehicles seized decades ago

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Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker would like to get rid of eight vehicles that have been collecting weeds behind the jail but has to get them declared abandoned first.

Sheriff’s Department spokesmen and command staff have said that the vehicles have been long forgotten and no institutional knowledge seems to exist as to their origin or where they belong.

“I don’t have the foggiest clue,” is about all Chief Deputy Jeremy Williams can say on the subject.

Descriptions of the vehicles include a 1988 Gray Ford Van seized from an unknown individual more than 15 years ago and a green and white Sea-Doo Bombardier last registered to a Leigh A. Avara of 128 Spindlewood Drive in Madison and was seized more than 15 years ago.

“We really don’t know anything about any of these items. They have been impounded behind the jail for some time and were seized two if not three sheriffs ago,” Williams said. “We have no reports or paperwork that I can find on these vehicles. I wish there was.”

As of April 15, members of the public have 120 days to file a written claim to any of the vehicles. After 120 days the Sheriff’s Office may dispose of the vehicles at auction on Aug. 16 at 10 a.m., according to the notice. The notice was published through Madison County Chancery Clerk Ronny Lott’s office.

Other subject vehicles are:

• A brown and cream colored Chevrolet Van seized from an unknown individual more than 15 years ago.

• 1988 blue Oldsmobile Delta seized from an unknown individual more than 15 years ago.

• A white Ford Crown Victoria seized from an unknown individual more than 15 years ago.

• A Chevrolet Tan Step Van seized from an unknown individual more than 15 years ago.

• A 1971 or 1972 red and white Ford 100 seized from an unknown individual more than 15 years ago. Last known registration listed to a T.C. Snell of 240 Cotton Wood Drive in Jackson.

• A red Ford Tempo seized from an unknown individual more than 15 years ago.

Tucker received unanimous approval from the Board of Supervisors at their April 5 meeting to put up a notice for the vehicles and hold an auction on Aug. 16.

“We have dug them out of the weeds, traced VIN numbers and been able to locate two names,” Tucker said.


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