Mystery parcels of £2,000 in cash discovered across village - with total of around £24,000 left since 2014
Bundles of £20 notes left in plain sight remain a mystery to police officers working to discover their origin.
Detectives have thanked honest members of the public who have repeatedly handed in the mystery parcels of cash, which keep turning up in various locations across Blackhall Colliery.
The unusual discoveries have been made 12 times since 2014, with the latest find taking place on Monday, November 18.
Left in plain sight, the money bundles almost always value £2,000 and are made up of a bundle of £20 notes.
Detective Constable John Forster, of Peterlee CID, said his team have interviewed numerous people and organisations in the village as well as carrying out checks with the local bank and post office and even tested for fingerprints, but the circumstances surrounding the bundles of money remained a mystery.
He said: “These bundles are always left in plain sight such as on pavements and discovered by random members of the public who have handed them in. This is the fourth bundle handed in this year.
“This could be the work of a Good Samaritan but we would like to thank the residents who have shown incredible community spirit by handing the money in.
“The circumstances remain a mystery so we would welcome any information that will help us get to the bottom of these random incidents.”
If you have any information call Durham Constabulary on 101 and ask to speak to DC Forster.