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Man forgets over $100K in old TV disposed of at Ontario recycling depot

Barrie police said over $100,000 was found inside an old television at a local recycling depot.
Barrie police said over $100,000 was found inside an old television at a local recycling depot. Barrie Police Service / Facebook

Police are commending staff at an Ontario recycling depot for returning over $100,000 of inheritance money after it was forgotten inside an old television.

Barrie police said staff at GEEP Industries dismantled a television in mid-January after it sat in the yard for over a year. While taking apart the television, an employee found a cash box with bank records going as far back as 1985. The employee gave it to the general manager, who then called police.

Officers launched a criminal investigation, but it was determined the money and records belonged to a 68-year-old man from Bolsover, Ont. Police said over $100,000 was put in the television “for safekeeping” where it was forgotten about.

Police said the television was given to a family friend without realizing anything was inside the unit. It was then taken to the recycling depot a year ago to be disposed of.

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“The money is believed to have been an inheritance that was given to the male by his parents to ‘put away for a rainy day,’” police said in a statement.

“In reality, the day the money was returned was probably more of a snowy day; however the honesty of the employees of GEEP must be commended and praised.”

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