Tollefson’s two storage units, Blazer, fetch $875
The first locker: Plastic bags, unopened pairs of athletic socks, cardboard boxes, an old and busted jar of Progresso White Clam Sauce.
“He was a hoarder!” said one potential buyer as he took a peek.
The second locker: Hockey sticks, broken lamps, a wooden “Sussex Cricket Club” sign, plaques acknowledging generosity, a box of youth athletic hats labeled “Cubs.”
These were the visible contents of the two storage lockers at the Public Storage facility on the 400 block of North Columbus Boulvevard owned by former local sportscaster Don Tollefson, who was charged last week with stealing $100,000 from charities and donors. The lockers, combined with an old and rusty SUV that came without keys or information, fetched $875 at an auction Monday morning. The lockers were auctioned after Tollefson couldn’t maintain his rent payments.
After the potential bidders took a quick peek, close to 30 people bid on its contents.
The first unit sold for $175 to a man who only went by “Ed.” The second unit, dubbed the “Hockey-stick” locker for its assortment of sports memorabilia and gear, sold for $600 to a man dubbed “Anonymous E.T.” The Blazer, a late 80s or early 90s model with its 2002-2003 blue press credential in the upper-left corner of the cracked windshield and chewed potato chips in the back seat, went for $100.
The Bucks County District Attorney’s office searched the two units on Friday, but it isn’t clear whether anything was removed.
Tollefson, 61, surrendered to police last week and then was sent to Bucks County jail, where he remains, after he couldn’t post 10 percent of the mandated $250,000 bail.
The former sports broadcaster, known for his boisterous personality on local television stations Fox29 and 6 ABC and his overuse of the word “Awesome,” was charged with stealing about $100,000 from more than 100 people over a three year period, according to the Bucks County District Attorney’s office.
Tollefson allegedly collected money for various charities or in exchange for sports-trip packages but pocketed most of the funds instead.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 6.
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