British Columbia

Found envelopes full of cash turned into police in Coquitlam, B.C.

Coquitlam police are investigating three incidents of money found in public areas.

'You might be surprised how often people turn money and other valuables in to police'

Since late September, three envelopes full of cash have been found in public places in Coquitlam and turned over to police. (Kenny Sharpe/CBC)

Coquitlam police are investigating three separate incidents of money found in envelopes in public places that have not been claimed.

The cash packets have been found in different locations, including a supermarket and a mall, and RCMP want to return the money to its owners.

But nobody has come forward to claim it.

An anonymous person turned in an envelope full of money to mall security, who passed it onto police on Sept. 21. Then, on Nov. 18, it happened again, with the anonymous person describing the owner of the money as Asian. Most recently, on Nov. 22, an envelope was found at a supermarket on the Barnet HIghway, police said in a news release. 

"These are some very honest people," said RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin, who described the money finders as honest employees — and one mystery person.

Police want to reassure anybody who wants to make a police report that they have a right to privacy and their names will not be released — whether they are dropping off money or claiming it.

They are also urging people to lessen the risk of losing cash by not carrying large amounts and ensuring money is secured inside a bag or zippered pocket with no holes.

If you lose money or a valuable item call police and give the following details:

  • How much was lost and what denominations.
  • The exact time and place you noticed the money was gone.
  • Any identifying marks on the envelope.
  • A description of yourself.
  • Your name and contact information.

Police say there is often an assumption that once you drop money, it's gone for good. But that's not always true.

"You might be surprised how often people turn money and other valuables in to police," said McLaughlin.

"That's the kind of community we live in."

Anyone with information about the three envelopes of lost money is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550.