Good samaritan turns in $8,000 cash

Published 1:26 pm Wednesday, October 19, 2016

One good samaritan turned in a pretty special purse to the police last week.

Nicholasville Police responded to a report of a stolen purse at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet on Oct. 12. A woman told officers she had unintentionally left her purse in the shopping cart after loading her bags. 

When she returned to get it, just a few minutes later, the purse was gone, and it had not been turned into management, according to the Nicholasville Police Department.

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The owner of the purse was particularly distraught because it contained $8,000 cash that was intended to pay off a loan that day. 

A few minutes after an officer arrived at the outlet store, a man walked into the lobby of the police department to turn in a purse he had found at Ollie’s. When the police clerk asked him who it belonged to, he said, “I don’t know. I didn’t open it,” according to a press release from the Nicholasville Police Department.

Police did not take the man’s name.

“He didn’t want his name released, he said he wasn’t returning the purse for publicity, but that it was the right thing to do,” Sgt. Scott Harvey said.

After the man’s arrival at the Nicholasville Police Department, the officer at Ollie’s and the woman drove to the location to identify the purse.

The purse, along with the money, was intact and returned to the owner.

When she tried to reward the man who found her belongings, he refused to take it saying, “I didn’t do this for a reward, turning it in was the right thing to do,” according to a press release. 

We want to encourage this type of behavior, Harvey said.

“This is one of the many reasons we are proud to serve the citizens of Nicholasville,” the police department said in a press release.