Honest boys who found cash rewarded

Honest boys who found cash rewarded

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by Mike Benner, KGW Staff

kgw.com

Posted on December 20, 2010 at 3:44 PM

MILWAUKIE, Ore. - Two 13-year olds from Milwaukie who did the right thing when they found a bag full of cash will be rewarded for their honesty.

Michael Howell and Joseph Johnson, along with Michael's mother, were walking through the Rite-Aid parking lot on SE Oak in Milwaukie when something caught their eye.

"When I first saw it I thought it was folded up cardboard," said Johnson.  "I see it's wads of $20's everywhere," he added.

The boys stumbled across several hundred dollars in cash.

"I was just amazed," said Howell.  "It was everywhere."

But instead of pocketing the money, the boys took it to the police station and turned it in.

"They said it's the first time ever money was found and people brought it back to them," said Howell.

"I just know my son and know he would do that," said Jeanette Howell.

Michael's parents are not surprised the boys took the high road.

"I'm really proud of both boys," said Rob Howell.  "I think they'll feel good about themselves," he added.

The boys said they turned in the money because of their faith.

Now, a private citizen and a video game store plan to give them cash as a reward, after hearing about how the boys took the high road.  The boys had said if the cash was theirs, they would have used it to buy video games.

If you believe the money belongs to you, be sure to call the Milwaukie Police.

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