Over $40,000 in cash found in trash

By Viet An, Quynh Nguyen   March 2, 2024 | 07:34 pm PT
Over $40,000 in cash found in trash
Police officers and environmental workers return a bag containing VND1.17 billion worth of cash in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem District to is owner (3rd, L). Photo courtesy of the police
Police in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District have cooperated with environmental workers to return over VND1 billion (US$40,550) worth of cash to a family who mistakenly threw it in the trash.

Nguyen Dinh Phuong, deputy police chief of Hang Bai Ward, on Friday said VND1.17 billion worth of cash was found at a trash collection point in the area.

Previously, at around 8:25 p.m. on Wednesday, a man on Ly Thuong Kiet Street brought a trash bag to a collection point near his house. About 15 minutes later, the family discovered that the money, freshly withdrawn from the bank, was inside the trash bag. Everyone tried to look for the bag but failed, so they reported the matter to the police.

"I was so confused at the time. My wife cried her eyes out because the amount of money lost was too much," the man said.

Phuong and his forces then analyzed camera footage of families living nearby and saw a red bag, suspected to contain the money, mixed in with the trash. Authorities then contacted the Hoan Kiem branch of the Urban Environment Company to deploy employees to search for the bag.

One group went to the Nam Son landfill in Soc Son District to look for the bag, while the other cooperated with locals to search trash carts in the area.

After two hours, the bag was found inside a trash can on Hang Bai Street, which was about to be transported to the Nam Son landfill.

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