How about this: you buy an old suitcase from the Salvation Army, get it home, and discover that it has $100,000 hidden in its lining. A good day, isn’t it?! But not if you live in Australia. A Melbourne-area couple who found themselves in that situation have been arrested and charged with “theft by finding,” reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
The distraught man contacted the Salvation Army last Tuesday in a bid to retrieve the suitcase but it had already been sold, Salvation Army spokesman Major Brad Halse said. “He said his family had cleaned out a room and donated some goods. One of the items was a suitcase with a very significant amount of money in it,” Major Halse said. “I guess sometimes people store things of value in unusual places.”
He said he could not reveal the exact amount of cash, other than to say it was in the “tens of thousands of dollars”. A review of records showed the suitcase had been sold to a person using an EFTPOS card.
But privacy laws prevented the bank from passing on the purchaser’s contact details, Major Halse said. Later, Victoria Police revealed they had charged a man, 44, and a woman, 34 and that they had recovered most of the money,which had been put in different bank accounts. [via Sydney Morning Herald]