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Good Samaritan in Millcreek turns over bag of found money to authorities

| Saturday, April 12, 2014, 6:24 p.m.

A large bundle of cash is sitting, unclaimed, in the evidence room in the basement of the Millcreek Police Department.

Who owns the money remains a riddle. How it got to the evidence room is reassuring.

Several months ago, someone found the cash in a public place, outside a business, in Millcreek. Instead of taking the money, the person contacted the police.

“That is a rarity, I would say, in today's world,” Millcreek police Chief Michael Tesore said.

For good reason, the police have declined to reveal the name of the person who found the money, where it was discovered and the amount, which, Tesore said, is “large enough to miss.”

“The rightful owner can give us that information,” said Richard Moore, the police's property and evidence custodian.

Several people called the evidence room: 814-838-9515, ext. 437.

“But nobody who can properly identify how much it was and where it might have been dropped,” Moore said.

The phone line remains open.

Tesore said he will talk to the Erie County District Attorney's Office to determine what to do if the rightful owner, whoever that might be, fails to come forward soon.

Police are keeping confidential the name of the person who reported the missing money. They are more than willing to talk about that person's act of kindness.

“That citizen had a good conscience,” Moore said. “It was a nice gesture.”

Tesore praised the person's honesty. He also mentioned “A Simple Plan,” the book and movie about two brothers who come across millions of dollars in the wreckage of a small airplane. They keep the money — and do not live happily ever after. “It was a real eye-opener,” Tesore said of the movie. “You see something like that, and these guys got it made and then ... you know the story.”

How will Millcreek's story end?

“That will depend on the owner,” Tesore said. “If we identify an owner.”

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