Barrie Police Investigative Services have spent the last month looking into a strange recovery of property from a local recycling company.
On Friday, January 13th, 2017 an old television was dismantled at GEEP Industries located at 220 John Street, in the City of Barrie, after it had been waiting in the yard for over a year to be recycled. Upon dismantling, the employee located a cash box and banking records dating back to 1985. The located items were handed over to the General Manager and subsequently the police were called to collect the items in hopes the rightful owner could be located.
Police were able to trace the banking documents back to a male from Bolsover, Ontario. Upon conducting interviews and reviewing banking records it was determined that the over $100,000.00 recovered belonged to the 68-year-old male named on the found paperwork. The paperwork and cash box had been placed in the television for safe keeping and then forgotten about. The television was passed on to a family friend who was unaware of anything inside. He then dropped the television off at the local recycling depot over a year ago to be stripped and disposed of.
The money is believed to have been an inheritance that was given to the male by his parents to “put away for a rainy day”. In reality, the day the money was returned was probably more of a snowy day; however the honesty of the employees of GEEP must be commended and praised.
Prepared by: PC Nicole Rodgers