Good Samaritan returns $7,000

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card But Leon said he never considered keeping the money. He didn’t even count it — if he had, he would have discovered $7,000 in cash. Instead, he brought it into the Washington Mutual branch to give to the bank’s manager, and then turned it over to police as the manager instructed. ”This is probably a very good indication of the type of people we have in Los Angeles,” LAPD Detective Mike Coblentz said. ”And thank goodness we do.” This is not entirely a good-news story, though. Hugo Salazar’s name and phone number were in the pouch, and when police called him, he confirmed that he had lost a pouch full of money. One problem — the pouch had $15,000 in it, money needed for surgery to be performed in Salazar’s native Chile. More than half the money was gone. ”I’m happy at least some of the money was found,” Salazar said through a Spanish-language translator. ”But I have to postpone the operation.” Salazar, 76, got the money when he sold his house. He had $20,000 deposited in a Washington Mutual account, and he wanted to withdraw it to be used for the surgery. Because of Washington Mutual’s $5,000 withdrawal limit, he had to go to four different branch to get the money. When he arrived at the fourth branch, he realized the money was gone. Without the money, he will have to postpone the surgery, maybe by as much as two years, he said. Police doubt they’ll ever find the rest of the money. ”It’s a mixed bag,” Lt. Steven Harer said. “Who knows who else had access to (the money) before Mr. Leon?”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS — When Rogelio Leon opened the black pouch he found in the parking lot of a Washington Mutual bank on Monday, he saw two thick envelope filled with bills. ”When I opened it, I see all these bills, all hundreds,” Leon said during a news conference this morning. “I think, `Oh, so much!’ ” Leon, 54, from Reseda, could use the money. In September, when while working as a security guard at City National Bank in Commerce, he was attacked at the bank and suffered back, leg and arm injuries. He’s been on disability ever since. last_img

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