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Thrift-store workers find $290,000 in bonds

Two thrift-store workers in Truth or Consequences were in for a surprise when they discovered an envelope stuffed with U.S. savings bonds worth more than a quarter of a million dollars.

Employee Teresa Cox was sorting through donated items at the Community Health Foundation Thrift Store when she found $290,000 in savings bonds, police said.

Manager Dawn Jensen called the police and turned the bonds over to an officer who happened to know the elderly man in whose name the bonds were subscribed, police say.

An advocacy group had recently been appointed the man’s guardian, according to police, and had placed him in an assisted living center in Truth or Consequences. The group cleaned out the veteran’s apartment and donated many of his possessions to the thrift store – unknowingly lumping in the envelope filled with bonds.

The police officer contacted the man, an Army veteran, who recalled the exact amount of the bonds.

He was unaware his personal property had been donated and “was relieved the savings bonds were safe in our custody,” Police Chief Lee Alirez said in a statement.