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Couple find nearly $12K in 'cold cash'

JANESVILLE, Wis. - A Janesville couple are hoping they will be allowed to keep the nearly $12,000 in cash they found in their refrigerator when they moved into an apartment.

"It would be a very big help," said Colleen Mesler, 65. "We've been waiting and waiting, and nobody's called to claim it. Other people have found money and got to keep it."

Mesler cried as she talked about the money she found while cleaning the refrigerator in her apartment in early December.

The previous renters have been charged in drug trafficking cases. Police searched the apartment in February and seized crack cocaine, marijuana, a scale and other materials related to drug sales. They found $1,100 on one of the defendants but no bills with serial numbers matching those undercover agents used to buy drugs.


  65岁的Colleen Mesler说:“那将帮我们一个大忙。我两一直在等,可没有人打电话来认领这笔钱。 过去有人捡到钱能自己留下”


Janesville Deputy Police Chief David Moore said the city will likely keep the money.

"If it is determined that the money is the proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs, then it would be contraband, and on behalf of Janesville taxpayers, we would seize that money," Moore said. But, he added, that has not yet been determined.

Colleen Mesler found the moldy and deteriorating bills wrapped in tin foil and plastic in the freezer. Her husband told her to throw the tray out.

"I thought it was old meat, stale meat," said Jim Mesler, 55.



  Colleen Mesler在冰箱里发现了被锡箔纸和塑料包裹起来发霉的钞票。当时她丈夫是让她把托盘扔掉。

  55岁的Jim Mesler说:“我本以为那是臭肉”

"But it didn't smell like bad meat," Colleen Mesler said. "I pulled it apart and found $100 bills. I was more shocked. 'I'm not throwing this away,' I thought."

The couple spent the afternoon warming the bills in the oven and separating them with tweezers.

"About $2,000 of it was torn up, or we couldn't get the mold off it," Jim Mesler said. "I just went and looked in the mirror and thought, 'Nothing like this happens to us.'"

Police estimated the stash at $11,950. A precise tally wasn't possible because some bills were stuck together or had deteriorated, according to a court document.

  Colleen Mesler说:”不过闻起来不像臭肉,打开一看发现全是100元的美钞。我更吃惊了,心中想‘我可不会把这给仍掉’“


  Jim Mesler说:”大约有2000美元被撕破或无法把霉去除,我照着镜子想着‘这类事从来没有过”。警方估计这捆钱总额在11950美元。根据法庭记录称,准确的数字无法估计,因为有一些钞票是贴在一起或已经烂掉。

The couple said they would still turn in the cash if they had to do it over. But with an income below poverty level, they are hoping the money will eventually be returned to them. What would they do with it?

"Pay our bills," the couple said in unison.



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