Find is not stolen? Buyer finds $ 7.5 million in cash from Southern California storage unit


Dan Dotson, the familiar face of A & E's "Storage Wars" reality show, was at a charity event in Indio on November 1, when a quiet woman approached him.

She had a story to tell the auctioneer.

Her friend bought a Dotson storage unit the previous month in Southern California – and $ 7.5 million in cash was found inside that shed. It was a surprise to the buyer and the auctioneer.

"It was an incredible story," Dotson told The Desert Sun, recalling the exchange. "She said," I just need to tell this story, my husband works for a guy who bought a unit from you and there was a safe in there. "

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Buyer finds $ 7.5 million in storage unit in Southern California after storage unit auction in October 2018

Dan Dotson / American Auctioneers

Dotson tried to listen to the woman about the noise of the event – the charity auction Cars, Stars and Rock & Roll N Roll in Indio, the city known for hosting the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

But he captured the heyday of the story: "She says there was a safe in the unit. The first guy could not open it, so they called a second guy and there were 7.5 million dollars, and I say "7.5 million dollars" and she says "Money".

Dotson declined to share the woman's name, the town where the unit was sold or the name of the new owner of the unit, citing privacy and security concerns. This auction has not been registered to the popular A & E series.

Dotson said that when the original owners of the storage unit discovered that their storage cabinet was being sold, they asked their lawyer to contact the new owner to negotiate an agreement to recover the money. The lawyer originally offered the owner of the new unit $ 600,000 of the $ 7.5 million, but they finally agreed to keep $ 1.2 million and return the remainder.

Dotson and his wife Laura told the story in a YouTube video they posted on November 7. In the video, Laura Dotson asks viewers what they would have done with the money.

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"I would feel so worried," she said. "I feel like it would not be clean money."

Laura Dotson goes on to say that the story of a storage unit is sometimes a mystery – sometimes the owner walks away, forgets to keep paying the rent, ends up in jail, or even dies.

"Who knows, but it happens all the time and it's the modern treasure hunt," she said.

While Dan and Laura Dotson are known as prominent auctioneers in "Storage Wars," this sale was only a routine sale through their American based company Calimesa, American Auctioneers, in California.

But Dan Dotson said he's going to tell this story for the next 20 years. Although his work has led shoppers to find many great treasures, no single unit has made so much money in its experience.

Follow Nicole Hayden on Twitter: @Nicole_A_Hayden

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Buyer finds $ 7.5 million in storage unit in Southern California after storage unit auction in October 2018

Dan Dotson / American Auctioneers


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