cash in the garbage

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Wikimedia CommonsYou normally don’t want to shred this stuff.

Workers at a Des Moines, Iowa, recycling plant owned by International Paper found an envelopestuffed with cash among paper about to be shredded.

According to a report from KCCI-TV in Des Moines, the envelope, which was wrapped inside old newspapers, contained tens of thousands of dollars. It was discovered Dec. 12.

“One of the employees as they were getting ready to shred some paper had noticed an envelope,” Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax told KCCI. The machines were stopped and workers looked inside the envelope.

It was stuffed with 50- and 100-dollar bills.

“They saw it, recognized it, thought, ‘Hey, somebody wants this money back. I’m going to turn this in.’ A fantastic effort on their part,” said Halifax.

The cash had been bundled together so long by paper clips, the clips had started to rust, Halifax added.

Police are confident they will find the cash’s owner.

“Luckily, the guy paid with a check — so we do have his information,” Halifax told KCCI. “We’re going to try to backtrack to get ahold of him, to see if the money does in fact belong to him.”

Until the owner is tracked down, the cash will remain in storage.

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