October 25, 2014

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Woman finds $20,000 in bank deposit tube in Arizona, returns it to teller

   LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A woman who works as a makeup artist and deli clerk found $20,000 at a bank’s drive-up depository, then calmly walked into the bank and turned over the cash.
   Linda Hatch said her mind raced in the seconds after she found the two $10,000 bundles in a plastic deposit tube on June 25.
   “Am I in the middle of a bank robbery … a drug bust, is someone going to pick up the money?” Hatch said. “I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. What do I do?”’
   Hatch, who owns a permanent makeup business in Lake Havasu City and also works at an Albertsons grocery store, said the bank teller she approached was just as confused about what to do.
   “She looked at me like, ‘What is this?”’ Hatch said.
   Hatch said she filed a police report in the days after turning over the cash and hasn’t been told by the bank whether the rightful owner has ever surfaced.
   Bank employees declined to comment.
   Hatch said she was “shaken for five hours” after the discovery. But she has no second thoughts about turning in the cash and laughed while recalling the scenario.
   “It’s not enough money to move to Mexico,” she said.