Two good Samaritans are responsible for placing the wads of money – often upward of $4000 – around the town of Blackhall Colliery in an effort to “give something back” to the community, according to reports.
The mystery has taken six years to solve with almost $50,000 having been discovered in that time, often arriving in the form of 20-pound notes.
Police said in a statement this week that “both generous individuals had recently received unexpected windfalls and told police they wanted to give something back”.
“One of the good Samaritans told detectives that they felt an ’emotional connection’ to the village after being helped by one of the residents, so she wanted to repay the kindness she received,” police said.
Detectives confirmed the money had been left deliberately in locations where it could be found by people in need, including the elderly or those facing difficulty, according to The Guardian.
“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,” Deputy Constable, John Forster, said in a November news release, at the time seeking the source of the money.
Although the source and intention of the money bundles have been solved, an air of mystery remains with the two donors remaining unidentified.
Durham police on Monday assured that their identity would remain secret. Not even the lead detective of the investigation, DC Forster, knows the identity of the pair.
The reason for their generosity and connection to that particular village also remains elusive.
“Something must have happened over time that brought them back to Blackhall and to give them such an emotional feeling toward the people there,” Forster said, adding that they were not local, married or related. He said they may have even left the cash separately before joining forces.
Rather than pocket the cash, 13 lucky street-goers have turned the money into the authorities and police are encouraging anyone who finds more cash to hand it over as they will likely get it back once it is confirmed not to be lost or stolen money.
All previous cash bundles were returned to the people who found them, according to authorities.