A big catch in tuntable creek

What would you do if you found $100,000? That's the question everybody has been asking this week after it was revealed that two brothers from Tuntable Community near Nimbin found a plastic bag full of cash whilst fishing at their favourite waterhole on Tuntable Creek.

The mother of the two boys said they wrestled with the decision about whether to hand the money in or not, but in the end she said she knew it was the right thing to do and they didn't want any trouble.

After getting some legal advice they handed it to police in Lismore last Friday.

There has been much speculation about the origin of the money with various rumours and whispers around Tuntable Community about who the money might have belonged to. There is the obvious conclusion that the money is the proceeds of drugs, but one story suggested there was an old man who used to live at Tuntable who was rumoured to have hidden a large stash of cash.

The package was tangled up in grass about five metres from the creek and there is a strong possibility it was stashed in the bush elsewhere and washed downstream in the May floods.

Inspector Nicole Bruce from the Richmond Local Area Command, who is heading the investigation, said if the police aren't able to prove the money is the proceeds of crime, then the money may go back to the two boys.

Police admit that they don't have many leads and are appealing to anybody who may have any information about the origin of the money to come forward. However, Inspector Bruce also warned that anybody coming forward with a claim would be investigated and if they were found to be frivolous, they would be charged.

The boys' mother said they have had to leave the area because of the huge media interest in their story, with television crews arriving at the house and marching in un-invited.


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