Joe Cornell, 52, told the Fresno Bee newspaper he saw the bag of
cash fall out of the back of a Brinks armored cash transport car as
it drove over railroad tracks in downtown Fresno on Thursday
Cornell, who was working in the lot of a Salvation Army location as
part of a substance abuse rehabilitation program, told the newspaper
he recovered the bag and found it stuffed with hundred dollar bills.
"I started crying and shaking," Cornell said. "Everything was going
through my mind, the good devil/bad devil thing," he said.
Cornell made up his mind to alert his boss at the Salvation Army and
the pair called Fresno law enforcement authorities who helped
facilitate the bag's return to Brinks.
The Virginia-based company could not be reached for comment Friday,
but a spokesman told the Fresno Bee it had thanked Cornell for his
honesty with a $5,000 reward and another $5,000 donation to the
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For Cornell, deciding to give back the cash became a simple
"They're going to back-track," he said of Brinks officials when they
realized the money was lost. "There are cameras everywhere now.
You'd be doing federal time. And it's the right thing to do."
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Matt Driskill)
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