$50,000 in a $5 suitcase - and gold ring found in the grass

SOMEWHERE on the Sunshine Coast, two people are out of pocket to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.

One has lost an 18-carat gold, princess-cut diamond ring found on the Buderim Mountain State School oval on Monday.

The other may have inadvertently left $50,000 cash in a suitcase donated to a charity store.

The Daily understands that the $50,000 was found yesterday when a man took a suitcase to the charity store counter with the intention of buying the item for the $5 price tag.

On inspecting the bag, the store clerk is believed to have felt around the corners of the case before finding the money in a hidden compartment.

The bewildered clerk immediately called police, who took the money into custody.

In Buderim, a woman handed in a diamond ring estimated to be worth tens of thousands of dollars on Monday.

The woman was picking up her children when she found the ring in grass on the school oval.

When she found the Buderim Police Beat shopfront closed, the woman took the ring to nearby jeweller Diamonds of Distinction for safekeeping.

Sales assistant Jo Balisky said she was surprised no one had come forward to claim it.

"It's very well made, solid and sturdy," she said.

"She (the woman who handed the ring in) was quite nervous about having it and contemplated leaving it here with us.

"Then her son saw the local policeman walk past and they were able to hand it in."

Buderim police officer-in-charge Jason Cameron urged the owner to phone Buderim Police Beat on 54451661 or Maroochydore Police Station on 54752444.

Proof of ownership such as a photograph, valuation or receipt will be required.

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