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Homeless man returns cash

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BOSTON -- A homeless Boston man who turned in a backpack containing tens of thousands of dollars in cash and traveller's cheques says even if he were desperate he wouldn't have kept "even a penny."

Glen James was honoured Monday at police headquarters, where commissioner Edward Davis thanked him for his honesty and gave him a special citation.

James found the backpack at the South Bay Mall in the city's Dorchester neighbourhood Saturday. He flagged down patrolling officers and handed it over.

The backpack contained $2,400 in U.S. currency, almost $40,000 in traveller's cheques, Chinese passports and other personal papers.

The man who lost it told workers at a Best Buy store at the mall. He went to the police station, where he was confirmed as the rightful owner.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 17, 2013 A11

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