Stranger gives boy mystery money

Man entered house while woman was in backyard, leaves $2,000

Josh Pennell
Published on May 2, 2014
Tammy Pottle and her son, Jordan Pottle, were home for lunch Thursday when a stranger entered their home while she was in the backyard. The man spoke to Jordan and left an envelope with almost $2,000 in it before disappearing. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Bills and junk mail may make up the lion’s share of what’s delivered to one’s door, but an envelope that mysteriously ended up in a Mount Pearl woman’s house Thursday was slightly more interesting.
Or perhaps mind-boggling is the more accurate term.

Tammy Pottle picked up her 10-year-old son, Jordan Pottle, for lunch from school Thursday. She was in the backyard hanging laundry when she heard her son calling for her to quickly come back inside.

“I came into the house and on my dining room table there was a big brown envelope,” Pottle says.

The envelope had the mark of the Multiple Sclerosis Society on it and written on the face of it in pen was “$1,970.”

The brown envelope wasn’t sealed. Inside there were three smaller, white envelopes that were sealed and had numbers written on the outside that added up to $1,970.

“I didn’t open the envelopes. I could tell it was cash. It was (almost) $2,000 divided into three envelopes.” Pottle says.

She asked her son where the envelope had come from.

“A man came inside the house and gave it to me. I was sitting on the couch watching TV. The man knocked on the door and opened the door and came in,” Jordan told his mother.

“I said, ‘A strange man just came in our house and just gave you this envelope?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’”

Her son said the man spoke to him, but he couldn’t understand what he said.

Jordan described the person as an older man with a white moustache.

His mother called the MS Society, but didn’t get an answer.

Having $2,000 appear on your dining room table would be odd enough at the best of times and perhaps even tempting to keep. As it turns out, it landed there at a time when Pottle could really use it. Two days ago, she lost her job unexpectedly when Around the World — a restaurant in Mount Pearl where she has worked for seven years — suddenly closed its doors.

Pottle didn’t need an intervention of conscience about what to do with the cash, but Jordan had the right idea himself.

“You’re bringing that to the police, right?” he said to his mother.

Which is exactly what she did.

“I didn’t know what else to do with it,” she says. “I couldn’t just keep it.”

Pottle says she didn’t even open the white envelopes. She wondered if it was stolen or if it was drug money. When she filed the report about what had happened with the RNC, the officer laughed. In addition to the peculiarity of the incident, Pottle says it’s a safety concern.

“I just find it so bizarre that especially an older man would just come into somebody’s house and leave it with a child that he’s never seen before,” she says.

She has no idea what the story behind it could be or who owns the money.

If it belongs to the MS Society, she hopes it finds its way back there. Pottle is getting married in August and her maid of honour has MS.

“I know that money is going for something good because I see what she goes through every day,” she says.

With that said, if nobody claims it after a certain period, the money is hers.