Boston homeless man finds bag stuffed with cash, turns it in

BOSTON Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:01pm EDT

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BOSTON (Reuters) - A Boston homeless man turned over to police a backpack stuffed with nearly $42,000 worth of cash and travelers checks shortly after he found it at a shopping mall, police said on Monday.

"The Good Samaritan could only provide officers with his name and the address of the shelter where he currently lives," according to a police press release.

The man, identified by police as Glen James, found the bag Saturday evening at the South Bay Mall in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester.

He gave it to police, who later found the owner - a Chinese national whose passport was also in the bag, police said. The owner's name was not released.

James was given a special citation from Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis on Monday afternoon "for his extraordinary show of character and honesty," the police department said.

(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; editing by Andrew Hay)

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It’s nice that the cops gave him a “special citation” but I’m betting he would rather get a hand in getting back on his feet, he did prove to be an honest person. Not that he will see it but good job sir……

Sep 16, 2013 5:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tilon wrote:
Wow, my hat off for this homeless man. His honesty and integrity are well respected and way above some white collar sucessfull individuals. I guess when one lives with nothing, cash means nothing! Whoever the owner should reward the guy…

Sep 16, 2013 5:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Well done to Glen James.

Sep 16, 2013 5:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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