Woman Finds $20K in Bank Deposit Tube


(Stock Photo/Sharon Meredith) :: A woman who works as a makeup artist and grocery store deli clerk found $20,000 at a bank's drive-up depository, then calmly walked into the bank and turned over the cash.


Updated: 7/2/2007

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz.

A woman who works as a makeup artist and grocery store deli clerk found $20,000 at a bank's drive-up depository, then calmly walked into the bank and turned over the cash. Linda Hatch said her mind raced in the seconds after she found the two $10,000 bundles in a plastic deposit tube.

''Am I in the middle of a bank robbery ... a drug bust, is someone going to pick up the money?'' Hatch said of the June 25 find. ''I was like, 'Oh my gosh. What do I do?'''

Hatch, who owns a permanent makeup business in Lake Havasu City and moonlights at an Albertsons store, said the bank teller she approached was just as confused about what to do.

''She looked at me like, 'What is this?''' Hatch said.

Hatch said she filed a police report in the days after turning over the cash, and hasn't been told by the bank if the rightful owner has ever surfaced.

Bank employees declined to comment.

Hatch, said she was ''shaken for five hours'' after the discovery, but has no second thoughts about turning in the cash.

''It's not enough money to move to Mexico,'' she said with a laugh.

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Information from: Today's News-Herald, http://www.havasunews.com


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