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Search continues for the owner of cash left in charity store

A large sum of money was found in this pouch at a Coolangatta charity shop.
A large sum of money was found in this pouch at a Coolangatta charity shop.

Update: Aug 7 6pm

Coolangatta Police have released images of clothes left with a large sum of money at a charity store, with hopes of finding the rightful owner.
Coolangatta Police have released images of clothes left with a large sum of money at a charity store, with hopes of finding the rightful owner. Contributed

COOLANGATTA police haven't given up hope on finding the owner of a large sum of cash which was left at a Coolangatta charity store in June. 

About 9.30am on June 24, an elderly woman donated two bags of clothing to the Red Cross store in Griffith St. 

When volunteers sorted through the clothes, they found a maroon-coloured pouch containing what police described as a significant amount of money.

Police have now released new images of some of the clothes donates, in the hope it'll help to find the rightful owner.

Coolangatta Police Acting Senior Sergeant Steve Quinn said he'd never seen money "accidentally" donated in this manner.

"It almost looks like someone was doing a cleanout and inadvertently donated this money," Sgt Quinn said.

"It may be someone that's elderly."

Sgt Quinn said under normal circumstances, the finder of the cash would have claim to it after three months - in this case, that would be the Red Cross store. 

Anyone with information which could help with this investigation should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.

Coolangatta Police have released images of clothes left with a large sum of money at a charity store, with hopes of finding the rightful owner.
Coolangatta Police have released images of clothes left with a large sum of money at a charity store, with hopes of finding the rightful owner. Contributed

Initial Report: Jun 26 9.47am

COOLANGATTA police are searching for the owner of a maroon-coloured pouch, which was left in a Coolangatta charity store on Tuesday with a large sum of money inside.

About 9.30am, a woman donated two bags of clothing to the Griffith St store.

As volunteers sorted through the donated items, they found the pouch, containing what's believed to be someone's life savings.

Anyone who recognises the pouch has been urged to contact Coolangatta Police Station, Policelink or Crime Stoppers.

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