Two hours, CCTV footage and a door-to-door hunt ... what it took to track down U$25,000 of cash thrown into rubbish bin

Police managed to trace man who picked up the cash in Inner Mongolia after studying surveillance footage

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 March, 2017, 1:14pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 March, 2017, 2:23pm

Police managed to track down the equivalent of over US$25,000 after a man in northern China absent-mindedly threw it into a public rubbish bin near his home, according to a news website.

The man from Ordos in Inner Mongolia was going to loan 176,500 yuan to a friend and he put it in a bag before he left his house on Monday morning, said.

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He then mistakenly threw the cash into a bin along with another bag of rubbish he was carrying.

The man, who was not named, only realised his mistake when he got to the bank, the report said.

His family later helped him to search through rubbish bins in the area, but to no avail.

Police were called and they spotted a man picking up the bag of cash on surveillance camera footage.

As the elderly man’s face could not be identified, police went door-to-door to look him.

Two hours later, the police found the man.

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He claimed to be a scavenger who goes through bins every day and said he was shocked to have found so much money.

He said he was about to call his family to come and check if the banknotes were genuine, the report said.

The money was returned to its owner who paid the elderly man 1,000 yuan.