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December 22, 2010

Stolen cash mailed to newspaper

The great Christmas caper has another happy ending.

The Daily Citizen received an envelope Wednesday morning containing $917 cash and an unsigned handwritten note. In the letter, the anonymous person wrote the cash was the money that Chatsworth resident Sharon Herrera dropped and lost at the Walnut Express gas station on East Walnut Avenue on the afternoon of Dec. 10. The fearful author wrote about the uncertainty of where to take the money and was apologetic.

“I was afraid to turn it in,” he or she wrote. “I did not know who to give it to. I am very sorry, I just did not want to get in trouble. This is the correct amount. I give this to you because as I said who do you trust these days. Again I am very sorry.”

The envelope was addressed to The Daily Citizen to the attention of Tim Rogers, the newspaper’s editor. Inside the BB&T bank envelope were nine $100 bills, one $10 bill, one $5 bill and two $2 bills. The amount was $33 less than the $950 reported stolen.

The Daily Citizen contacted the Dalton Police Department shortly after Rogers opened the envelope. Police Spokesman Bruce Frazier said the money will be returned to Herrera. The investigation has not been closed and is ongoing because a crime occurred, he said.

After filling up with gas Herrera, dropped a bank envelope containing the money and security cameras showed a white male picking up the envelope, walking into the gas station, paying for his gas and driving away.

One week later, a Chattanooga dentist gave Herrera a check for $950 to cover her lost money, which was going towards bills and Christmas present.

Read tomorrow’s Daily Citizen for a full report.

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