Nicholasville PD: Good Samaritan returns purse containing $8,000

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A woman in Nicholasville is breathing significantly easier after a good Samaritan returned her purse, containing $8,000 dollars, to police.

Officers say they were called to Ollie’s Bargain Outlet on Wednesday, on a report of a stolen purse.  When they arrived, police say a distraught woman told them that she had accidentally left her purse in a shopping cart while loading her bags. When she discovered the purse was missing, police say she returned to the store, but no one had turned it in there.

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Police say the woman was particularly upset because of the amount of money in her purse. According to officers, she explained that she had been saving up money – $8,000 dollars worth – to pay off a loan that day.

Unbeknownst to the woman, or the officers at the scene, over at the police department, a man walked into the lobby to turn in a purse he found at Ollie’s.  When the police clerk asked him who the purse belonged to, police say the man replied, “I don’t know.  I didn’t open it.”

When word got out, the officers at Ollie’s and the woman drove to the police department, where she was able to ID the purse, with not a single dollar missing.

Officers say the woman tried to reward the man, but he refused, saying, “I didn’t do this for a reward.  Turning it in was the right thing to do.”