Man returns $147,000 found on street

Last updated 08:18 31/05/2014

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A Salvation Army op shop worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 ($NZ147,000) that fell from an armoured truck.

Joe Cornell told The Fresno Bee that he found the cash Tuesday after a Brinks truck pulled away from a red light in Fresno and left the sack behind.

The 52-year-old is in a Salvation Army substance-abuse rehabilitation program. His duties for the organisation include working on donated trailers.

Cornell says he started crying and shaking after finding the money. He says he decided to report it to police after thinking of his coming grandchild.

Brinks spokesman Ed Cunningham says he isn't sure how the truck lost the money, and called the incident a security issue.

The company will give Cornell a $5,000 ($NZ5,900) reward and make a separate $5,000 donation to the Salvation Army.

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