Man finds $14,000 in cash along Worthington road, returns it to owner

WORTHINGTON, OH (WCMH) – Jake Bowers would be the definition of a Good Samaritan.

According to the Worthington Division of Police, just after 4pm, April 8, Bowers met with officers to turn in a bag with $14,000 cash inside that he had found along the roadway near East Wilson Bridge Road and Worthington-Galena Road.

“We were driving to the park and we saw what appeared to be a laptop or tablet bag laying in the road and we stopped to pick it up, thinking that it might be someone’s laptop or tablet,” said Bowers.

His wife was driving and pulled over so he could pick up the bag.

“He discovered some $100 bills inside and my first thought was, ‘We are going to the police!'” said Tara Bowers.

Inside the bag, police found $14,000 in cash in the form of $100 bills.

After several attempts, officers were able to make contact with the owner of the cash, a man out of Marion.

The owner told officers he had taken the cash to purchase a vehicle from the Northpointe Auto Group car lot at 7200 Huntley Road, but decided against buying the vehicle. The owner told officer he must have placed the cash on top of his vehicle as he left and forgotten it on the roof as he drove away.

The owner did return to the car lot to check for the cash, and told officers he wasn’t sure of the police jurisdiction, so he didn’t call anyone. He also planned to follow up the next day.

After doing a count of the cash, officers released the money back to the owner.

Bowers said it feels good to do the right thing.

“It was a great opportunity to teach the kids about doing the right thing and about how their actions have the potential to impact other people,” he said. “It feels good knowing that we had an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life and to make things right again for someone.”

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