Unemployed Carpenter Digs Up $150,000 in Garden

Wayne Sabaj hasn't had the best luck recently. Unable to find work as a carpenter, and without savings, he spent his "last $10 on cigarettes" and moved in with his dad. But when Sabaj went out into the garden one evening to pick some broccoli for his grilled beef supper, his luck either got a lot better, or a lot worse.

He found a duffel bag nestled among the peppers, stuffed with $20 bills.

Sabaj brought the bag inside to his father. "I told him, we have enough problems, now we got another problem," Sabaj told WGN-TV. "Look what I found in the garden."

Thinking it might be the spoils from a bank robbery, and that the father-son duo might become suspects, he called up the McHenry County Sheriff's Department.

When Sabaj led the police through the garden, they found another bag. Down-and-out Sabaj now had $150,000 in cash.

There have been no large thefts reported in the area, according to the Chicago Daily Herald, so the police are searching for other leads. They wrote "please call" on a sheriff's card and left it in Sabaj's soil and are currently checking the bills for fingerprints. But if no legitimate owner comes forward, the money may be Sabaj's to keep.



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glazier930

immomru ,No dyslexia is my first language.Is that funny also?

September 27 2011 at 7:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
immomru

Glazier, I feel for you in that situation.

BTW, is English your first language?

September 26 2011 at 8:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
glazier930

I bet there is no way they will be able to keep a cent.This has become a bonaza for the police.After the 30 or 90 days are up.The revenu enhancers (police) for there current tacticts on money seizures I now referr to them by the last four letters LICE.Will call it drug money with no evidence at all.Mabey they will test it for cocain residue.Witch in a recent test (look it up it has been done several times) 90% of all money in circulation has cocain resisue on it.They will seize it for ther selves.I can remember a recent case where that just happened.Obey the law and still lose.On drug seizures they are allowed to keep all the money and buy toy's withit.This just gives the police motovation, before someone wrights back and say"s that the money goes into a general fund,please check your facts.I am 48 years old when I was 18 I got a felony for selling drugs.Recently I went to a vintage fishing lure collectors meeting/sale in aruba.At the airport I declaired I had $20,000 on me to buy stuff for my collection.Well it was seized because it was over $10,000 which is legal but you are supposed to declare.The reason they gave me was because of my presious record (which I recived clemency for) that they had reason to subspect I was going to buy drug's with it.My net worth is over $25.000.000 I own a chain of stores.After consulting
my attorneys and their talk's with police they advised me to forget it.The money it would cost to get it back verses their fee's would not be worth while.They have immuenty so couldn't be sued for court cost.This judgement handed down from the surpreme court is just another way of taking our rights.Immunity for the police and Prosecuting Attorney has to go.It was a good law years ago but now the more & more they come after our rights we need recourse period.

September 25 2011 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bryan

If he spent his last $10 on cigarettes, he's got problems all right.

September 11 2011 at 12:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Nicodemus Boffin

Bryan,
Your snark and your lack of empathy for someone down on their luck are evidence of a problem far larger than Sabaj's smoking habit:
"The only true knowledge of our fellowman is that which enables us to feel with him," -George Eliot

September 17 2011 at 4:11 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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