BELOIT — It was a joyous evening at the Beloit Police Department on Friday after a Good Samaritan was able to return $225 to a woman who lost it.
Karen McKinney had been waiting for about 45 minutes to speak to an officer at the police department with $225 in cash wrapped in white notebook paper. McKinney said she found the wad of cash outside the door of Charter Communications, 2016 Cranston Road at 4:15 p.m. Seeing the money tucked in the note made McKinney believe it was someone who really needed to pay a bill, and she said she could relate.
Instead of going back home after her work day as an oral surgery assistant, McKinney instead went back in the store and told staff she was going to deliver the cash to the police station in hopes of reuniting it with its owner. After waiting at the station, as it was a low priority call on a busy night, McKinney was able to speak with Officer Robert Lynn who made contact with the store and made it his mission to return the money to the bill payer.
Lynn said he was going to pay special attention to ensure whoever called for the money could properly identify it.
Within an hour later Kristie Cummins was on her way to the police station to retrieve the missing funds. Lynn said Cummins had described the denomination of the bills, the notebook paper and how she accidentally misspelled the word cable. Lynn was positive he had found the rightful owner.
Cummins told the Daily News she had a terrible sinking feeling when she reached in her pocket to get her money and realized it wasn’t there. She went back to search her house and retrace her steps before returning to the store where she was told to go to the police station.
After presenting her ID to Lynn she retrieved her money and was relieved.
“I feel this must have been an angel from above watching over me,” Cummins said. “To find it and not keep it for herself shows what kind of person she is. I’m very thankful for her.”
Cummins said she planned to call McKinney to thank her and to offer her $20 for her efforts, although she didn’t know if McKinney would accept. She said losing that much money could have been awful, “unless you have a Good Samaritan.”
“She’s a very honest and moral person. Something like this doesn’t happen every day, especially with cash,” Officer Lynn said. “This is a feel good moment. It’s not every day you get to return $225 to someone who lost it.”