Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 08/31/2011

Unemployed, Illinois man finds $150,000 in garden (Video)

Money doesn’t grow on trees. But it can be found in a garden. (Andrew Harrer - Bloomberg)
Wayne Sabaj was looking for broccoli in his Illinois garden, but the unemployed carpenter ended up finding something else green.

Namely, 7,500 $20 bills in two duffle bags, WGN-TV reports. That’s $150,000. His reaction?:

“We’ve got enough problems. Now we got another problem.”

Sabaj, who recently moved in with his father because of financial issues, called the police and turned the money in. He was concerned about its possibly unseemly origins. “With my luck it came from a bank robbery and I’d be charged,” he said. The local police share this suspicion and are looking into it.

Investigators left a business card with the note “please call” where the bags were found, the Northwest Herald reports. Should this strategy not work (and why would it?), police will help Sabaj figure out whether he can claim the cash.


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