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Salvation Army Worker Returns $125,000 That Fell From Armored Truck

/ Source: Associated Press
Image: Joe Cornell back at work on a Salvation Army lot near downtown Fresno on May 29
Joe Cornell back at work on a Salvation Army lot near downtown Fresno on May 29, two days after he found a Brinks bag on a nearby street with about $125,000 in it. Cornell returned the money and now is in line for a $5,000 reward, the company says.George Hostetter / The Fresno Bee

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A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.

Joe Cornell tells The Fresno Bee that he found the cash Tuesday after a Brinks truck pulled away from a red light in Fresno and left the sack behind.

The 52-year-old Cornell is in a Salvation Army substance-abuse rehabilitation program. His duties for the organization include working on donated trailers.

Image: Joe Cornell back at work on a Salvation Army lot near downtown Fresno on May 29
Joe Cornell back at work on a Salvation Army lot near downtown Fresno on May 29, two days after he found a Brinks bag on a nearby street with about $125,000 in it. Cornell returned the money and now is in line for a $5,000 reward, the company says.George Hostetter / The Fresno Bee

Cornell says he started crying and shaking after finding the money. He says he decided to report it to police after thinking of his coming grandchild.

Brinks spokesman Ed Cunningham says he isn't sure how the truck lost the money, and called the incident a security issue.

The company will give Cornell a $5,000 reward and make a separate $5,000 donation to the Salvation Army.

— The Associated Press

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