JOHNSBURG, Ill. (CBS) — An unemployed construction worker from the far northwest suburbs found more than $100,000 in his vegetable garden.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports, Wayne Sabaj made the discovery when he went out to do a little gardening outside his home in unincorporated Johnsburg.READ MORE: Chicago White Sox Take Action After CBS 2 Investigators Expose Parking Scam Outside Sports Venues: Fans Getting Ripped Off By Conmen, Then Hit With Parking Tickets
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports
“He reported that he had found a bag of money in his back garden,” said McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke.
It turned out to be two bags of money, with up to $200,000 cash inside.READ MORE: Illinois State Trooper, Woman Found Shot Dead In Car On Southeast Side
Zinke says it is not clear how the money got there, but it does not appear to have been there long.
“It was on top of the garden,” he said. “It was not buried. It did not look like it was buried. It did not look it had been in the backyard for very long.”
Zinke says the money may have been dropped after a residential or commercial burglary.
He is crediting Sabaj for his honesty after turning it in.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Dangerous Wind Chills For Next 2 Nights
Anyone with information about the money is asked to call the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, at (815) 338-2144.