By Tom Mustin
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4)– It’s the money mystery everyone is talking about in Highlands Ranch.
A month ago a Good Samaritan found several hundred dollars in a business parking lot in the Town Center. The anonymous man turned the money in to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. So far the person who lost the money has not come forward.
“We do get bikes and iPads and phones turned in all the time, but money is unusual,” Douglas County Investigator Tracey Montano told CBS4’s Tom Mustin.
The Town Center houses dozens of businesses in a one-mile radius. Montano says the sheriff’s office is not giving out specifics regarding exactly where the cash was found, or how much.
They’re hoping the money’s rightful owner will step forward with the correct answers. So far several impostors have struck out.
“Someone said Santa Claus called and wanted her to have it. We’ve gotten calls that a spirit has told them to call and say it was their money. Crazy stories,” said Montano.
We found some other suspect characters trying to claim the cash, starting with a laughing Katie East.
When CBS4’s Tom Mustin asked Katie East, “Did you lose some money?” she replied, “Totally.”
When asked how much, she replied, “Lots of money… Ha, ha, ha.”
Then there was Dion Arellano who said, “It was like $400.”
“Are you sure?” asked Mustin and Arellano replied, “Yeah. Give or take a $20.”
Michael Tribble does maintenance for the Town Center. He’s hoping the money will be reunited with its rightful owner. He says the real story is the honest person who turned the cash in.
“People in this day and age- we need our money. And for it to be returned, that’s a great thing. He did a great thing,” said Tribble.
Two years ago an envelope filled with cash was found in the same area. The money’s owner never came forward.
If no one claims the money in 30 days, the cash will go into the Douglas County General Assembly fund.
If you have any information regarding the mysterious currency, call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at (303) 784-7880.