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Berry pickers set to keep mystery stash of cash

David Landes · 12 Jan 2010, 14:48

Published: 12 Jan 2010 14:48 GMT+01:00

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“So far none of the roughly 20 people who have made claims to the money have been able to prove that it’s theirs,” Ingvar Fredriksson of the Kronoberg County police told the Smålands Posten newspaper.

The berry pickers discovered the stash of money in late July and subsequently turned it over to police, who suspected the money had been partially dug up by an animal.

Police have refused to release information about exactly how much money was found, saying only that it was in the six figures, or at least 100,000 kronor ($14,000).

“Everything indicates that the money came from a crime of some sort. Among those who have contacted us are business people who have lost large sums of money for different reasons or people who’ve had their homes broken into,” said Fredriksson.

In addition to fielding inquiries, police have also reviewed other theft reports involving large amounts of money.

But as of yet, no reports match the description of the berry pickers’ find.

If no viable claim on the money is made in the coming weeks, the stash of cash will be reclassified as missing property.

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Nevertheless, the berry pickers will still have to wait an additional three months before being allowed to claim the cash as their own.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

22:11 January 12, 2010 by lingonberrie
They found the money and the money belongs to them.

Whenever I find a sum of money that has no identifiable source, that money belongs to me.

That could be a small or a larger sum, I have no qualms about keeping the same.

There are literally bags of drug money in drugs deals with no i.d. whatsoever. Finding a bag of that money would be the same to me as finding a good patch of berries.

The only person who would ever know about that would be me.
23:13 January 12, 2010 by peropaco
LOL.. Lingonberrie. I am with you in this one mate. How sutpidly honest people are sometimes.
05:58 January 13, 2010 by Kaethar
And that's why I'm glad I don't live in the US. I, for one, would have handed the money in as well. :)
06:25 January 13, 2010 by thelionking
There IS a God!

Nice Story. Wonder if skat man will want a piece of the action?

Amazing that they should even have handed it in when they are payed so well themselves.

Lessons in this left right and centre :-)
10:40 January 13, 2010 by La Figaro
I hope the berry pickers get the money
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