More Than $1 Million in Seized Jewelry Up for Auction

Auction begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at FWCC

By Mark Schnyder
|  Friday, Feb 22, 2013  |  Updated 7:58 PM CDT
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U.S. Marshals are auctioning off more than 350 pieces of jewelry and coins at the Fort Worth Convention Center on Saturday.

Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News

U.S. Marshals are auctioning off more than 350 pieces of jewelry and coins at the Fort Worth Convention Center on Saturday.

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Some major bling that once belonged to federal criminals could be yours Saturday.

The U.S. Marshals are auctioning off more than 350 pieces of jewelry, watches and coins at the Fort Worth Convention Center starting at 10 a.m.

On preview day, we saw several dozen people show up to browse or closely inspect the items that will be up for purchase.

Alicia Jenkins, of Fort Worth, showed up on her lunch break looking at necklaces and diamond earrings.

"I love jewelry, so I brought my sister out here to see if we could scope out any good deals," said Jenkins.

Good deals aren't likely, said Jason Wojdylo, Assistant Chief Inspector for the U.S. Marshals.

"We have assessed and appraised what these items are worth, so generally we have a very high interest in obtaining fair market value because we are advocating for victims of crime," explained Wojdylo. "A lot of money from the products you see here will go back to the victims."

Some of the money will also go to the law enforcement agencies that brought the criminals who had the valuables to justice. Officials will use the money for training and new equipment.

So the casual buyer/dreamer can likely forget about getting a steal.

"If that's the case," said Jenkins.  "I hope the Marshals get what they want, but I will be going home empty-handed."

Interested bidders can also bid on line at www.txauction.com.

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