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Man returns $125,000 that fell from armored truck

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:48 p.m. HST, May 30, 2014


FRESNO, Calif. » A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.

Joe Cornell tells 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.

"I started crying and shaking," Cornell said. "Everything was going through my mind — the good devil/bad devil thing. What to do?"

Thoughts of the imminent arrival of his fourth grandchild soon helped him decide.

"I thought, 'What would I want her to think of me?' That made up my mind right there," he said. "I got on my radio and called my boss. 'Hey, I found a bag of money.' "

Cornell, 52, is in a Salvation Army substance-abuse rehabilitation program. His duties for the organization include working on donated trailers.

"I went down there carrying the bag like I was Santa Claus," Cornell said.

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

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







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silvangold wrote:
A GOOD MAN.
on May 30,2014 | 11:20AM
sailfish1 wrote:
The whole purpose of using armored trucks is to secure the transport of money. When they have inept workers who can't even make sure that all the money is put INSIDE the trucks, they need to find better workers.
on May 30,2014 | 12:55PM
juscasting wrote:
Brave and good man indeed! cuz, if my old lady found out I returned the loot I would be crying and shaking too!
on May 30,2014 | 12:56PM
Maunawiliboy wrote:
Karma is real
on May 30,2014 | 02:47PM
cojef wrote:
What would you have done? This person has a conscience and basically is good person. Nice to read a story like this, breaks the monotony of crime and mayhem.
on May 30,2014 | 05:54PM
MolokaiChuck wrote:
Amen to him!!!!
on May 30,2014 | 10:35PM
mauiday wrote:
Hopefully your grandchild will hear the story and carry on your legacy and your example. And she would be very proud to have you as her grandfather.
on May 30,2014 | 11:48PM
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