A “very large sum of money” has been accidentally donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
Staff sorting through donated clothing on January 20 came across the cash stashed in the pockets of four men’s jackets, which were collected from charity bins sometime between January 15-17.
Staff were shocked by the discovery and called police.
Police would not say how much was found, but describe it as a very large amount.
Victoria Police Sergeant Brett Butterworth said the kindly deed had turned out to be an expensive error.
“It’s unfortunate that a kindly gesture has ended this way,” he said.
“I would hate to think that this money represents someone’s life savings.
“We’re doing all we can to find the owner, so we can return their cash to them.”