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Corner Brook boys find cash box stolen from business in 2008


There have never been any criminal charges laid, but the owner of Bob’s Beauty Salon now has a better idea of what happened during a robbery there eight years ago.

It was in 2008 that Natasha Marshall went to her business on West Street and noticed it had been broken into.

Whoever did it had entered via a window in the salon’s tanning bed section and made away with a cash box. The box contained roughly $3,000, representing the money the salon had taken in that week.

The stolen cash was eventually replaced by insurance and Marshall had long forgotten the box that contained it.

That was until Wednesday afternoon when two young boys showed up at the salon with an odd question.

“Have you ever been robbed?”

That was the first thing 13-year-old Gabe Noseworthy asked Marshall.

He and his buddy, 12-year-old Nathan Lemoine, had been exploring the woods behind the salon, trying to find a new way up to Three Bear Mountain. Noseworthy found the box in a crevice after he accidentally dropped his wallet into it.

“I didn’t know if they were doing a project for school or if it was a trick question or what,” Marshall said of being taken aback by the unexpected inquiry.

There was no money left in the metal box and its lid was open, but it was still stuffed with cheques received by the business, receipts and other documents that had been locked up.

“I thought it was a wasp nest first and didn’t want to touch it,” Noseworthy said of the moisture-logged stack of documents protruding from the box.

The boys saw the name of the salon on some documents and thought it best to immediately bring it back to the rightful owners.

“We knew nobody who worked there would have put that up there and just left it if it hadn’t been stolen,” said Lemoine.

The boys couldn’t believe the box had been missing for eight years.

Marshall has an idea of who might have stolen the money, but no charges were ever laid. The robbery prompted some operational changes at the salon, including placing bars on the windows, installing a security system and ending the practice of leaving cash around all week.

The eight-year-old cheques may no longer be worth much, but Marshall showed her gratitude by giving Noseworthy and Lemoine gift certificates for Louis Gee’s and Brewed Awakening.

“It was a long time ago, but it’s nice to know where it was and for someone to bring it back,” she said.

Twitter: @WS_GaryKean

It was in 2008 that Natasha Marshall went to her business on West Street and noticed it had been broken into.

Whoever did it had entered via a window in the salon’s tanning bed section and made away with a cash box. The box contained roughly $3,000, representing the money the salon had taken in that week.

The stolen cash was eventually replaced by insurance and Marshall had long forgotten the box that contained it.

That was until Wednesday afternoon when two young boys showed up at the salon with an odd question.

“Have you ever been robbed?”

That was the first thing 13-year-old Gabe Noseworthy asked Marshall.

He and his buddy, 12-year-old Nathan Lemoine, had been exploring the woods behind the salon, trying to find a new way up to Three Bear Mountain. Noseworthy found the box in a crevice after he accidentally dropped his wallet into it.

“I didn’t know if they were doing a project for school or if it was a trick question or what,” Marshall said of being taken aback by the unexpected inquiry.

There was no money left in the metal box and its lid was open, but it was still stuffed with cheques received by the business, receipts and other documents that had been locked up.

“I thought it was a wasp nest first and didn’t want to touch it,” Noseworthy said of the moisture-logged stack of documents protruding from the box.

The boys saw the name of the salon on some documents and thought it best to immediately bring it back to the rightful owners.

“We knew nobody who worked there would have put that up there and just left it if it hadn’t been stolen,” said Lemoine.

The boys couldn’t believe the box had been missing for eight years.

Marshall has an idea of who might have stolen the money, but no charges were ever laid. The robbery prompted some operational changes at the salon, including placing bars on the windows, installing a security system and ending the practice of leaving cash around all week.

The eight-year-old cheques may no longer be worth much, but Marshall showed her gratitude by giving Noseworthy and Lemoine gift certificates for Louis Gee’s and Brewed Awakening.

“It was a long time ago, but it’s nice to know where it was and for someone to bring it back,” she said.

Twitter: @WS_GaryKean

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