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Rightful owner claims $2,500 lost in Hopkins

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HOPKINS, Minn. (KMSP) -

Last week, FOX 9 News reported on a Good Samaritan who found $2,500 in cash and turned it into Hopkins Police. After the story aired, police finally found the rightful owner.

"I didn't tell everybody in the world. How dumb am I? I lost all this money," explained Nick Wesenberg, who said he lost the money while he was trying to buy a van off Craigslist.

Until last week, police did not know who owned the chunk of change that was found in the Napco parking lot.

"The guy said, 'You need to bring cash.' All I had was my little emergency cash. Brought it with me to work -- ran to meet the guy, and he said, 'Oh, sold it to the first guy who came along with the money,'" says Wesenberg.

That was on Aug. 20.

"I didn't think about it until the next day when I couldn't find it, and then you feel sick," he recalled. "I'm tearing through each house -- my mom's house, the other house. Everywhere, I looked. I thought maybe I threw it in the trash by accident."

Little did Wesenberg know, a man who wants to remain anonymous turned the cash into Hopkins police five days later. Investigators spent a week trying to track down the rightful owner. Eventually, Sgt. Mike Glassberg called FOX 9.

"When I was with you, I left out some of the details: How the money was configured, the denomination, where it was located and the dates," he explained.

After FOX 9 aired the story, Hopkins police received about a half dozen calls from people claiming the money was theirs -- but Wesenberg was the only one who could tell investigators key date and location information that never aired on TV.

"I told my boss about it 2 days after it happened. I just mentioned it to her in passing, and she just shook her head. 'Ha-ha,'" Wesenberg recalled. "Well, Monday of this week she came running into my office and said someone in the lunch room was talking about a news program they had seen."

Wesenberg has worked at Napco International LLC on Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins for more than 20 years. The Good Samaritan found the envelope stuffed with $100 bills next to the curb in front of the office building.

After checking some of Wesenberg's bank statements and looking into his background, Glassberg said he is confident they found the rightful owner.

"Here he is, driving past his money each day and doesn't even know it," remarked Glassberg.

Wesenberg says he would still like to meet the man who found his money so he can thank him in person.

"It makes you feel much better about society in general," Wesenberg said. "Ok there are a few people running around that actually have a good heart."

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