Abandoned gold bars baffle German police

Attention all passengers: could the person who left a stash of gold bars and a pile of banknotes in the luggage deposit at Cologne

In this undated file picture publicly provided by German Central Bank, gold ingots, are stored at their headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. A German newspaper reports the country's central bank will repatriate parts of its massive gold reserves worth about US $200 billion at current market rates from storage sites in the United States and in France. Daily Handelsblatt reported Tuesday Jan 15, 2013 the Bundesbank plans to bring back to Germany some of its 1,500 tons of gold stored with the Federal Reserve in New York, and all of the 450 tons currently with the Bank of France in Paris. (AP Photo/hopd/Deutsche Bundesbank)

BERLIN (AP) — Attention all passengers: could the person who left a stash of gold bars and a pile of banknotes in the luggage deposit at Cologne's main railway station kindly contact German police?

That was the appeal that police in the western German city issued Friday for information to track down the owner of the several kilos (pounds) of gold and a six-figure sum of euros in cash.

The stash was found in April in a luggage locker at the station, a major European transport hub. Police said they're going public after being unable to link the haul to any crime and hearing nothing from any legitimate owner.

Whoever the owner is shouldn't leave it too much longer. Police say that if nobody comes forward, the stash will be sold.

Associated Press
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