Police Officers Find £30,000 From Safe Seized In McDonald's Car Park
Cops were called to the fast food restaurant following reports a man had been seen with a knife at around 10.35am on Wednesday 7 October.
Officers swooped on the suspect's vehicle in the McDonald's car park, at Gallagher Retail Park, in Coventry and found a large metal safe on the back seat.
The 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft and money laundering before later being released under investigation.
Footage shows two officers opening the safe back at the police station after the suspect provided the code in order for them to gain access.
One officer can be heard saying: "It's like Oceans 11 isn't it?" The other then exclaims: "F***ing hell, pardon my French," as bundles of cash fall out onto the floor.
In total £30,000 ($39,000) in cash was seized from the safe - which is enough to buy 139,860 chicken nuggets or 92,700 Big Macs, although we're not sure whether a Maccies order was the priority for carrying so much wedge around.
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West Midlands Police have suggested it's more likely the money is from drugs profits and the safe is being examined for any traces of illegal substances.
The suspect, from Coventry, was questioned but refused to account for the money or give any indication where it came from. No weapon was found.
A force spokesperson added: "He has been release under investigation while our enquiries continue. If he can't prove he's accrued the money legally we'll look to seize it permanently under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
"Money from the Act goes towards community projects and crime prevention schemes."
In May 2018, a couple - who live in Staten Island, New York - discovered a massive treasure haul inside a safe that had been hidden by trees in their back yard.
Matthew and Maria Colonna-Emanuel noticed the rusty metal box in the garden when they first moved into their house, but thought it was an electrical box or part of a cable.
It was only when wildlife had eaten much of the foliage behind their house that the couple realised it was a safe and dug it up.
Inside was a large amount of wet money in plastic bags, jewellery and other items worth a whopping $52,000.
Speaking to CNN, Matthew said the safe held 'hundreds, jewellery, diamonds, engagement ring' and 'dozens of rings, gold with jade'. He added: "It was stunning."
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