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The story is old, but first I have seen it.
Home inspector finds $20,000
HINSDALE, N.H. (AP) -- The wooden shelf support caught home inspector Stan Edmunds' eye the first time. And the second and third time.
So Edmunds finally inspected it. What he found was a hidden drawer containing about $20,000.
"It's every kid's dream to find buried treasure," said Edmunds.
Home inspectors check for hidden problems in houses that are being sold. A home inspection is usually part of a sales agreement.
On Jan. 29, Edmunds was inspecting a home on Brattleboro Road with a buyer and real estate agent Lewis Major.
Walking through the house, Edmunds had to go through a closet to get to the attic. The unusual shelf support kept catching his eye.
"I tugged on it, and it came out and it was a drawer," he said.
Inside were some papers and four bank deposit bags. Edmunds unzipped one of the bags and found money envelopes and some $100 bills. When a second bag revealed more $100 bills, Edmunds called in Major.
"He had us come in and get it. He didn't want anything to do with it," said Major. "He could just as well have put it in his pocket."
Major turned it all over to David Ward, the lawyer for the estate of the former owner. Heirs to the estate have divided the windfall and one sent Edmunds a $50 reward, which he vowed to give to a charity.
Edmunds said he never thought about taking the money.
"That's the nature of my business," he said. "You're in people's houses. There's no room for crooks there."
$20,000 and they give him $50 bucks ![icon_exclaim.gif](upload://kW92MliyHA8ygoXI0UsgtBSn4ZO.gif)