Jose Nuñez Romaniz. Image via X @raulbrindis

Heroic! Teenager finds R2.5m cash, notifies cops, awarded R9300

The heroic story of Jose Nuñez Romaniz resurfaced on social media. The teenager found R2.5 million in cash and immediately notified the cops.


Jose Nuñez Romaniz. Image via X @raulbrindis

Jose Nuñez Romaniz, a criminal justice student from Albuquerque in New Mexico stumbled on a whopping $135 000 (and estimated R2.5 million) while on his way to deposit money in May 2020, the New York Times reported.


According to the publication, Jose Nuñez Romaniz, the 19-year-old good Samaritan came across a large clear plastic bag filled with cash next to an ATM. It’s said that he had been on his way to deposit some cash so he could buy socks online for his grandfather before discovering the bag.

“When I first saw it, I kind of stared at it for a few seconds, not knowing what to do. I was very shocked. I’ve never seen so much money,” the teenager was quoted as saying.

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After finding the cash, he immediately called the 1-800 number on the ATM and then the police, CBS News reported. “In the back of my head, I was just thinking about my parents, especially my mom. What she would do if I came home with the money and what she would do with her chancla to hit me,” he was quoted as saying.

It turned out that the Wells Fargo subcontractor whose job it is to fill the ATM had accidentally dropped the cash at the location, the publication reported.

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Jose Nuñez Romaniz. Image via X @CerebrosG


Tim Keller, the Albuquerque Mayor, and Police Chief Mike Geier at the police academy, are said to have since recognised Jose Nuñez Romaniz for doing the right thing, and when no one was looking. Romaniz was gifted $500 (an estimated R9300) for his heroic act. At the time of publication, the honest teenager was studying criminal justice at Central New Mexico Community College and wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement.

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