For some people, the first thought upon finding a pile of cash wouldn’t be to call police.
But that’s what a 43-year-old Madison woman did after stumbling upon what police called a “significant” amount of money Monday morning on the East Side.
“I give the lady who turned it in credit. Not a lot of people would have done that,” said Madison police Lt. Cory Nelson.
According to police, the woman was walking on the 1800 block of East Johnson Street around 8:35 a.m. when she found a large-denomination bill. On second glance, the woman noticed there were more bills in the snow near the sidewalk and thought it suspicious enough to call police.
Police inspected the bills and determined they were legitimate currency and in good condition. They wouldn’t release the amount of cash found.
“If anybody claims it, they’ll need to know how much was missing,” Nelson said. “They might also need to provide some kind of receipt if they had just come from a bank.”
Officers found no clues as to how the cash got into the snow.
Nelson said if police received no valid claims for the cash, he thought it would be turned over to the woman who found it.
He added that for any illegitimate opportunists, it is illegal to file false reports with police.