An elderly man donated a suitcase to his local second hand shop without realising it contained £60,000! The man who donated the bag apparently realised his mistake when his wife told him that she had been keeping their life savings in the old suitcase.
The police were involved in tracking down the lucky bargain hunters who bought the suitcase from the Salvation Army shop in Beaconsfield. Staff said that the man had returned to the store to plead with them to find the case but he was too late as it had been sold two days earlier.
A spokesman for The Salvation Army, said the shop was trying to trace the buyer through recent credit card transactions but with the cash sewn into the lining, it was possible the buyer did not even know they had hit the jackpot.
It is reported that police investigating the case have since arrested a man and a woman for failing to return the cash. Officers managed to recover most of the money, which had been put into several different bank accounts.
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