JOHNSBURG, Ill. (CBS) — A McHenry County man is growing closer to collecting more than $100,000 found in his garden.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Julie Mann reports, it was back in August when Wayne Sabaj made headlines, when he ventured into his backyard garden and found a bag with stacks of cash among his peppers.

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The Johnsburg man turned the money over to police – all $150,000 of it – despite being out of work and in need of cash himself.

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The owner of the money has a year to claim and collect it. If that does not happen, the money will go to Sabaj.

Initially, McHenry County sheriff’s officials said the money might have been dropped after a residential or commercial burglary. But investigators did not find a link between the money and any specific burglaries.

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The Northwest Herald reports the McHenry County Sheriff’s office has received several calls from people claiming to be the rightful owner, but the story behind the money remains a mystery.