POLICE officers are ‘lovin’ it’ after catching a man red-handed with £30,000 in a safe in a McDonald’s car park.
The man was arrested on suspicion of money laundering following the find on the Gallagher Retail Park in Coventry at 10,35pm on Wednesday.
Officers were responding to reports the man had been seen with a knife – they did not find the weapon but found the stash of money.
Police jokingly said there was enough cash to buy 139,860 chicken nuggets.
A force spokesperson said: “We’ve seized the money – which we suspect could be ill-gotten drugs profits – and the safe will be examined for any traces of illegal substances.”
The 24-year-old man, from Coventry, was questioned on suspicion of theft and money laundering.
He refused to account for the money or give any indication where it came from.
He has been release under investigation while our enquiries continue.
If he cannot prove he has accrued the money legally police will look to seize it permanently under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Money taken under the act goes towards community projects and crime prevention schemes.