A Florida homeless man who lost $10,000 in cash he had just inherited from a deceased family member was reunited with his money after a good Samaritan and deputy found his money and returned it to him.
The homeless man, identified only as Joe, had withdrawn $10,000 from a Wells Fargo bank account on June 1, The Sun Sentinel reported. A deceased relative had left Joe $12,000, according to Broward County Detective Danny Mursell.
Joe went shopping for new clothes but accidentally left two plastic bags of merchandise along with two envelopes full of cash near a bus bench.
"He knew it was left there, but he figured by the time he thought about going back to get it, it would be gone," Mursell told CBS Miami (video interview below).
The money was gone, but it was in good hands.
John Harbett was on volunteer beach patrol on June 4 between 3 and 5 a.m. He was looking for turtle hatchlings when he stumbled upon an envelope containing $3,900 at the bus stop.
At 6:30 a.m. Deputy Ben Koos spotted the plastic bags and a second envelope with $5,600 inside and took the items back to the sheriff’s substation in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
Harbett went to drop off the envelope full of cash at the substation around 9:15 a.m.
"We obviously put two and two together and everything was in one location for a total of $9,500," Mursell explained.
Detectives found a receipt from a Coral Ridge Mall clothing store in one of the plastic bags. They spoke with store employees, obtained surveillance footage, and were able to identify the man who purchased the clothes.
Deputies began patrolling the area in search of the homeless man who lost his money.
"One of our guys got word that [Joe] was seen over in Pompano, so I spent two mornings and two evenings driving around Pompano and I never found him," Mursell said.
Then, Tuesday afternoon, Mursell bumped into Joe.
"For a completely different reason, I was downtown in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and I looked over and he was standing there drinking a cup of coffee in front of me," Mursell said. "He wasn't sure about how to go about getting his property back."
Investigators confirmed with the bank that the cash belonged to Joe and the money was returned to his account.
Relieved, Joe said he planned to use the money to move to Pennsylvania to be with his family and friends.
"It kind of renews your faith," Mursell said.
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