Three US sanitation workers are being investigated by police amid allegations they sold gold jewellery they found while cleaning sewers.
A woman and two men, who have not been identified, were working for the Californian city of Modesto when they are alleged to have found the jewellery, worth $2400, and sold it to a local pawn shop, the ABC reports.
Police became aware of the workers' activities during a routine audit of pawn store records and wondered why the city workers had not reported finding the jewellery.
Yvonne Brawley, who works for a Modesto Gold Jewelry and Coins, said the female sanitation worker had been selling jewellery for a number of years while the men had sold items at the store last month.
Police Chief Galen Carroll said he was not sure if the pipe cleaners broke the law but added he believed they had an obligation to turn in the property or attempt to find the owners.
It appears the workers have not violated any city policies by failing to report jewellery uncovered in the pipes below the city.
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Emily O'Keefe