Police find man's lost savings
LATEST: A 90-year-old Greymouth war veteran has been reunited with the life savings he misplaced after having a cup of tea.
Greymouth police appealed for help from the public today after the man withdrew $23,000 from a Greymouth bank last Friday.
He put the money in an envelope and went to a cafe for a cup of tea, but his movements from there were unclear.
Constable Deane Harbison said this afternoon that police had found the money "extremely well secreted" at the man's house and had deposited it in his bank account.
After their appeal, police fielded calls from people all over the world offering to donate money to the man.
"Thankfully we won't have to take anyone up on those generous offers of donations, but it is very heartening to see that level of goodwill," Harbison said.
The man was delighted to have found the money.
Police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn earlier said the man withdrew the money to pay some bills.
"Sadly, he seems to have got a bit confused about how much to get out,'' she said.
Dunn described the situation as "really awful".
"He's a lovely old man," she said.
Police had spoken with bank staff and reviewed footage from the bank and around the town to try to locate the money. They had also searched the man's house.
Harbison said the money was everything the man had.
The man is a war veteran and has no close family.
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