We have all asked ourselves, what would I do if I found money on the side of the road? Would I keep it or would I try to find the rightful owner? For a Halifax resident, there was no doubt as to what had to be done.
Yesterday, at 1:45 p.m., officers responded to a Spryfield address for a lost property complaint.
A 28-year-old man reported that, earlier in the day, he was driving on Herring Cove Road on his way to buy a tractor, when he realized that a bag containing $13,000 cash had fallen out of his vehicle. He frantically looked for the bag along his route but couldn’t find it. While an officer was taking the report at his residence, a Good Samaritan went to the Spryfield Community Office and returned the bag, with the $13,000 inside, after finding it on the side of the road. The complainant was able to provide a breakdown of the money and was reunited with his hard-earned cash – every last penny.
If that story doesn’t restore your faith in mankind, it gets better. Since January 2014, there have been 38 reports of citizens turning valuables over to the police after finding them around the city. A number of gift, credit and debit cards, passports and over $2,000 in cash were returned to their rightful owners after citizens did the right thing.
If you locate or have lost property, please call 490-5016 to file a report or drive to the nearest police station. There is a good chance that someone will have done the right thing. When property is turned over to police, a commissionaire or an officer will make every attempt to locate the owner and return the property.