LISMORE, Australia, Sept. 21 (UPI) — Australian police said two teenage brothers turned in more than $86,000 they found in a creek while fishing in the eastern part of the country.
Police said the boys hooked the money, which was in a plastic package, while fishing for catfish in Tuntable Creek, near the town of Lismore, and spent three weeks deciding on a plan of action before telling their mother and obtaining legal advice on how best to turn the cash over to police, The Times of London reported Monday.
The mother of the boys, who requested anonymity, said the family did not want to keep the money because it might be “dirty.”
“We just don’t want any trouble,” one of the brothers said. “We were sweet before the money and we’ll be sweet afterwards.”
Investigators said the area has recently been hit by major flooding, so the package of money could have originated from any one of several different streams. They said the boys might be given the option of keeping the money if nobody comes forward with a legitimate claim.
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