Yost will receive the money — 70 $100 bills and 40 Krugerrand gold
coins from South Africa — within 48 hours. "There are a lot of things I
would like to advise him to do, but as legal counsel we have boundaries.
We will ensure he gets his money and also ensure his personal safety,"
Although no one was present to claim the money, one
man did contact police in May with a credible claim, said Police Chief
Michael Blake. However, the man withdrew his claim to the money. "He
just pulled out," Blake said.
At the time, Blake said the man
presented police with "unique facts and knowledge" that gave credence to
his claim that he was the owner of the money.
City Attorney Jo
Christi Brown told the council that Bastrop police Detective Tamera
Brown investigated the origins of the money and found no evidence that
it had been involved in any crimes such as a robbery or the sale of
Yost, 46, said he found the coins and cash at
Fisherman's Park. He told police he was on his way to wash his feet in
the river when he spotted a bag. When he kicked it, it made the sound of
jingling coins. When he looked into the bag, he saw gold coins and wet
According to a police report, Yost went to First National
Bank and tried to exchange the wet money for dry. When the teller told
him the money couldn't be exchanged until it was dry, he left. The
teller then called the police.
Officers found Yost, who showed them where he found the money. Police gave him a claim receipt and sent him on his way.
kept the money in the department's evidence room for 30 days. On March
1, police placed an official notice in the newspaper. If no one claimed
it within 90 days, a property hearing to determine the rightful owner
was the next step.
"The city wishes Mr. Yost the best of luck," said Mayor Terry Orr.