RICHMOND -- Police in Richmond cataloged some items in their property vault on Monday that may attract attention.
Be forewarned, however: Those coming forward to claim more than $100 in cash found by Police Chief Chris Magnus as he was leaving a restaurant Monday night better come with an explanation.
"It was a significant amount," Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan said of the cash. "We want to urge whoever lost it to come claim it, but anyone who claims it will have to tell us how much it is and some of the background and where it was lost. There will be some explaining to do."
Magnus had left a restaurant on San Pablo Avenue when he noticed a $20 bill swirling on the sidewalk near the street. He then noticed another one. And then another.
"It was a weird deal," Magnus said Wednesday. "It took a couple of seconds to realize, 'Hey, that's money!' So then I tried to chase it down."
In all, Magnus chased down more than $100 in bills, though police did not give an exact amount. They also did not identify the nearby restaurant. Anyone coming forward will need to know the approximate value of the cash lost and where it was lost.
"I feel bad, because my hunch is that it may have been cash belonging to a day laborer. They're often paid in cash," Magnus said. "I would hate to think that it belonged to someone who may have worked for it, and then had it fall out of their pocket or something."
A wallet, without identification, also was found in front of the restaurant, Gagan said. Magnus said business cards were inside the wallet, but that calls to those numbers produced nothing.
Those wishing to claim the money are asked to call 510-620-6613.
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