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'Large sum' of money found near Coquitlam business plaza

Did you drop from cash in Austin Heights recently? RCMP are looking for its rightful owner.
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Did you lose some money? Coquitlam RCMP say a "large sum" was returned to the local detachment after it was recently found in Austin Heights.

It appears more lost valuable items have been turned in to Coquitlam RCMP.

Mounties are now seeking the rightful owner of a "large sum" of money recently found in Austin Heights after a Good Samaritan brought it to the local detachment.

While she could not disclose the exact amount, spokesperson Const. Deanna Law said the cash was located in the 1000-block Austin Avenue — near a business plaza that primarily consists of several restaurants and real estate offices.

She adds details about the money must be provided when the rightful owner makes an inquiry, such as the amount, the day it was lost, specific denominations and what it was being carried in.

If the money belongs to you, you're encouraged to call Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file-number 2022-13706.

In the meantime, Law urges local residents to ensure their personal property, like cash, is kept in a safe place.

"The safest way to transfer large amounts of money is through your bank, either via secure e-transfer or with the help of a teller," she explained.

"If you have to carry cash, put it into a secure pocket with a zipper, split it up into smaller amounts in different bags or pockets so you don't lose all of it, and avoid repeatedly touching or checking on cash you are carrying."

Lost cash, cards and a safe

As of Thursday (Aug. 18), roughly $1,000 in cash had been returned to Coquitlam RCMP from across its Tri-Cities jurisdiction since July 1.

This also included 17 wallets and some had cash inside, as well as six key fobs and several bank cards.

As well, a home safe was discovered in Port Coquitlam last Monday (Aug. 15) in an alley near Robert Hope Park, according to local residents.

Police retrieved the safe into their custody and Law said investigators were going to open the box to see what's inside.

Mounties have yet to make a public call for its rightful owner, and no other details are being released at this time.