Cafe Customer Leaves $1M Stuffed in Suitcase

Aussie cops have some questions
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2011 12:46 AM CST
Cafe Customer Leaves $1M Stuffed in Suitcase
The suitcase was stuffed with a mixture of Australian and other currencies, police say.   (Shutterstock)

Sydney police don't know why a man left a suitcase stuffed with cash in an upscale cafe—but they're pretty sure it wasn't a tip. The customer at Caffe Marco ordered a coffee but walked out after spending less than five minutes in the eatery, and left his suitcase behind. Workers fearing the abandoned suitcase contained a bomb called police, who discovered that it contained some $1 million in cash, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Police tracked down a 49-year-old Hong Kong man who matched the description of the case's owner, but he became ill and was hospitalized before they could interview him. "Our friend has some questions to answer once he is released," said a police spokesman. If he's the customer and can prove the money rightfully belongs to him, he'll get it back. If the stash is from a crime, it will likely be forfeited to the government. If the money's owner can't be found within three months, some cafe workers could be in for a big payday. (More Sydney stories.)

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