BOSTON (AP) — A homeless Boston man who police said turned in a backpack containing tens of thousands of dollars in cash and traveler's checks said even if he were desperate he wouldn't have kept "even a penny."
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis honored Glen James on Monday, giving him a special citation and thanking him for an "extraordinary show of character and honesty."
James said in a handwritten statement he gave out at a news conference that he was glad to make sure the bag and its contents were returned to the owner.
"Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny," he said.
James, who said he once worked as a Boston courthouse employee, found the backpack at the South Bay Mall in the city's Dorchester neighborhood Saturday evening. He flagged down a police officer and handed it over. Inside the backpack was $2,400 in U.S. currency, almost $40,000 in traveler's checks, Chinese passports and other personal papers.
The man who lost it told workers at a nearby Best Buy store at the mall and they called police. Officers then brought the backpack's owner to a nearby police station and returned his property after confirming it belonged to him.
Authorities said that the backpack's owner didn't want his identity made public, but that he was a Chinese student who was visiting another student in Boston.
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