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March 23, 2018

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$100K in jewelry recovered from nearly 10 tons of trash

Updated Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | 12:53 a.m.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Three rings and a bracelet worth $100,000 had been dumped in the garbage and all a Georgia county had to do was find the black bag among nearly 10 tons of trash that contained the diamond jewelry.

Hall County Solid Waste Director Johnnie Vickers tells WSB-TV a woman made a distraught call into one landfill Friday saying she had accidentally thrown out her jewelry. Vickers says timing is everything in the game to recover something.

He assembled a team of five employees to help sift through trash where trucks bring roughly 300 tons of it each day. After checking logs they narrowed their search to a 20-minute window and 9 to 10 tons of garbage.

Hours later the employees picked up one last bag and it had the jewelry inside.


Information from: WSB-TV,