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Tuesday
Nov222011

Australia: Man Leaves $1 Million at Cafe

Brand X Pictures/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Australian police do not know how much money was stuffed into a suitcase left in a cafe Tuesday because they are still counting it. A rough estimate, however, is $1 million in Australian dollars.

The customer who left it behind at the Caffe Marco in the Sydney suburb of Burwood clearly did not intend it as a tip.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that an employee of a business next to the cafe said the man entered the cafe with the suitcase soon after 8 a.m., ordered a coffee and “anxiously” chatted with a couple nearby. Then he abruptly left, without the suitcase, the report said.

Several past reports suggest Sydney’s suburbs, including Burwood and Ashfield, are home to criminal activity by Asian gangs. The owners of the Caffe Marco feared the suitcase contained a bomb and put it on the sidewalk outside the cafe until police arrived, the Herald said.

The release said police were looking for an Asian male in his 30s, wearing a yellow shirt and grey shorts, who was “acting suspiciously inside the cafe a short time before the incident.”

A 49-year-old man fitting the police description was in custody, the Herald said. A medical condition forced him to be taken to a hospital, where he was under police watch, the Herald said.

No one answered the telephone at Caffe Marco. An officer at Burwood Police Station declined to comment further, referring inquiries to the media office at the New South Wales Police headquarters in Sydney, which was closed for the night.

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