Have you ever wondered what happens to evidence when the police no longer need it?
Well, Hope had, and decided to investigate further – to see if she could bring along some of the excess evidence for herself.
“We’re buying police evidence on the cheap today,” Hope began her YouTube video.
“Have you ever wondered what happens when the law confiscates items that are evidence of a crime but they don’t need them anymore?
“Believe it or not, a lot of it has already been auctioned.
“The evidence rooms are filled with contraband from crime scenes and unclaimed property.
“And after a crime has been solved, and there’s no obvious reason to keep it, the items are either destroyed or sold.”
Items are auctioned off in different sections, such as electronics – Hope admits there’s a “surprising amount of beautiful electronics” on the auction site she’s reviewing.
In the end, she decided to auction off a lot containing six pairs of Apple AirPods – costing her £310.79 ($396.18).
Opening the box, she confirmed that they were “certainly Apple”, but the first briefcase she reviewed was in “suspicious condition”.
“They’re so dirty!” she cried.
“Ewww, there’s earwax and hair on it!”
She had better luck with the other items in the package, including two pairs of AirPods Pro.
In total, she received eight pairs of AirPods, two pairs of AirPods Pro, and an Apple Pencil, and revealed that she plans to clean them all up and use them as a “Christmas gift.”
The next box Hope won at auction contained “miscellaneous designer items”, which cost her £277.06 ($353.20).
“If at least one of these bags is real, it’s worth it,” she said.
The first box contained an olive green Coach bag with silver hardware, which Hope said she thought could be a genuine Coach bag.
But the bag that was left in the parcel was a filthy cream-colored Target bag, which she said “stink”, and she didn’t know why it was included as a “designer” item.
However, with the next parcel, Hope did indeed hit the jackpot.
First, she pulled out an Off White bag that she thought was real until she saw it actually had the words Off White on the strap.
But it was Louis Vuitton that really got her excited.
“My intuition tells me this probably isn’t (real)… I mean she’s pretty legit,” Hope mused.
“I mean, if this is real, it could be a $1200 bag.”
She then sent the bag to an authenticator, who confirmed that it was in fact a genuine Louis Vuitton bag.
Hope ends her video by revealing that she spent £587.55 ($749) on her proof ride, but the secondhand value of these items is £1417.50 ( $1806.90) amazing.
Although Hope’s auction takes place in the US, there are different ways you can bid on excess police evidence in the UK.
Some police branches have their own pages on the eBay auction site, with Sussex Policefor example, listing everything from Nike sneakers to their upper hand gear.
Leicester policemeanwhile, there seems to be a large amount of designer stock and currently have Mulberry and Vivienne Westwood bags listed on their site.