A Chicago-area man found and returned a plastic bag full of over $17,000 in cash on Monday of this week.
Robert Adams of Arlington Heights, Ill. had cash on the brain when he stopped by a Chase ATM in Rolling Hills to resupply his wallet - just not quite that much. He was on his way to get a horchata drink and a burrito when he realized he was low on cash.
While at the machine he noticed a plastic bag filled with bundles of $20 and $100 bills. Also in the bag marked 'Chase' were receipts and checks, which led Adams to bring it to a bank teller inside.
Initially, though, he suspected it might be some kind of a prank.
I figure this is a joke, Adams told the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Somebody took some napkins and made it look like money. This has to be a setup. People are going to look at me and start laughing.
But he went ahead and turned it in anyway, reasoning that a bank employee restocking an ATM may have left it behind. After the police and the bank investigated, the bag of $17,021 was identified as belonging to Loomis, an armored truck company.
Adams, who is 54 and single, was described as honest and a very nice guy by the owner of the Senor Taco restaurant where Adams is a regular.
I don't care if you put another zero on there, I wasn't raised to take money that isn't mine, Adams said.
Loomis officials have not yet indicated whether Adams will be offered a reward, but others involved believe he should be, including Rolling Meadows Police Chief Dave Scanlan.
We all said right away that this guy deserves something - credit for being an Honest Abe.