PITTSBURGH, PA - Yesterday at 9:00 AM, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office went live with the first-ever Virtual Sheriff’s Sale at the Allegheny County Criminal Courthouse. Believed to be the first of its kind in the Commonwealth, the Sheriff’s Office plans to use this format to perform sales for the foreseeable future.
Due to the suggestion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and orders of Governor Wolf, the Sheriff’s Office was unable to accommodate in-person bidding as is typical for sheriff’s sales, other than the twenty-five available seats in the Gold Room of the courthouse.
The Office made every effort to make the sale available for anyone to view via Facebook Live and for registered bidders to participate on the Microsoft Teams app.
The sale itself went about five hours with 613 total listed properties, 32 sold, and 581 stayed/postponed. The Office registered nearly 400 bidders, as well as a social reach of 38K viewers and 6,750+ engagements.
The September 8, 2020 Sale will be open for bidder registration on August 10th at 8:00 AM and available for viewing on Facebook Live. Bidders must register by August 31st at 10:00 AM to receive an invitation to the September sale. If you are already a registered bidder from the August sale, you do not need to re-register for any further sales.
Sheriff Mullen and Chief Deputy Kraus would like to thank all parties involved for making this month’s sale run well and look forward to feedback to make the process more efficient and successful.