Vallejo couple returns bag with $11K in cash

Published On: Feb 26 2013 08:22:22 AM HST
VALLEJO, Calif. (KCRA) -

What would you do if you found a camera bag containing more than $11,000 in cash?

That's the dilemma Barbara and Carlos Landeros faced during a Valentine's Day trip to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Vallejo couple found the bag at a vista point north of the bridge.

It contained an envelope filled with $100 bills, several credit cards, a camera and lens, and a wallet with Chinese currency -- but no photo ID.

"I said, 'Oh my god, we need to do something about it,'" Barbara said. "We thought it was drug money."

The couple waited an hour and a half for the owner to return before they turned the bag over to the San Francisco Police Department.

Filing the report was a two-hour ordeal that required them to intermittently check on their car to make sure it wasn't towed from a nearby parking lot.

The couple ended up eating their Valentine's Day dinner at a nearby McDonald's.

Officers tracked down the owner using airline ticket information inside the bag.

"Our parents taught us, if you find something,  return it. It doesn't belong to you," Barbara added.

The owner rented a van and drove to the Landeros' home to thank them, but left a note on their door when they weren't home.

"He said he was very grateful, that he didn't think there were honest people in the world," Barbara said. "When they received the money, we were so happy. It's like reading a book -- it was a good ending."

The couple has received cards from people all over the United States due to all the media coverage, thanking them for their honesty.


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