California Highway Patrol officials said that an off-duty CHP sergeant found a man’s entire life savings—more than $120,000—in the middle of a Concord roadway.
According to the CHP, the sergeant—a 20-year CHP veteran who has asked to remain anonymous—was driving a personal car when they had to swerve around two bank deposit bags on Concord Boulevard to avoid hitting them.
The sergeant then made a U-turn and went to retrieve the two bags, which had tire marks on them.
CHP Contra Cost area spokesman John Fransen said that the sergeant looked inside the bags and found “a lot of cash.”
CHP officials said that the off-duty officer alerted authorities immediately and handed the cash over to Concord police.
Police were later able to locate the owner of the lost cash, and returned the money to him.
In a prepared statement, the sergeant said that returning the money was “simply the right thing to do.”
The sergeant said that they are “paid to uphold the law and it’s my job to set the example whether I’m working or not. I am happy to hear the rightful owner was identified and that the money has been returned.”
CHP Golden Gate Division Chief Avery Browne also praised the sergeant, stating that “On too many occasions our personnel do not pause to be recognized as they feel they were simply doing their job.”