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Police helicopter sold to Wyoming man for $170,000

By: CAROL MCGRAW
February 22, 2010
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photo - Colorado Springs Police Dept. helicopter pilots Barry Worstell and Jacob Reutner (left to right) look over one of the two helicopters of the CSPD. The helicopters are being sold and the program is being shut down. Tuesday, December 22, 2009.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) Photo by JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE
Colorado Springs Police Dept. helicopter pilots Barry Worstell and Jacob Reutner (left to right) look over one of the two helicopters of the CSPD. The helicopters are being sold and the program is being shut down. Tuesday, December 22, 2009. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) Photo by JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE 

Going, going gone.

One of two police helicopters that Colorado Springs officials placed on the auction block because of the city’s economic problems, has been sold.

The 1968 Bell OH58-C sold for $170,000 on a government auction site, according to Colorado Springs Utilities officials. The utility handles property disposal for the city.

The person who purchased the helicopter is Chuck Jaure of Rawlins, Wyo., according to utilities officials.

However, there is still FAA red tape to slice through, since the helicopter used to belong to the military.

The city has one more police helicopter for sale. It’s a 1970 model priced at $160,000. For anyone looking for a bargain, that’s a $10,000 discount from the original price asked.

The auction is ongoing at publicsurplus.com until 1 p.m. Thursday, said Carol Rallo, utilities spokeswoman.

The auction may be extended if no buyer is found.

By the way, Colorado Springs Utilities will not pay for shipping.

 

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