CONCORD, Calif. – Recently an off-duty Sergeant with the California Highway Patrol, assigned to the Contra Costa CHP office, found over $120,000.00 in cash in the middle of Concord Boulevard. The money was located inside two bank deposit bags that were laying in the middle of the city street.
The off-duty sergeant, a veteran of over 20 years with the patrol, was traveling on Concord Boulevard, in a personal vehicle and had to swerve around the bags to avoid running over them. The sergeant made a U-turn and retrieved the bags which had signs tire markings on them indicating they had been previously run over by other vehicles.
Without hesitation the off-duty CHP supervisor alerted local law enforcement authorities, reported what was discovered and responded out to the city of Concord Police Department giving possession of the money to them to locate its rightful owner.
Through Concord Police Department’s investigative efforts, a local resident was identified and his family’s life savings were returned.
The CHP off-duty supervisor who does not want to be named or receive any accolades simply said, “It was the right thing to do. I am paid to uphold the law and it’s my job to set the example whether I’m working or not. I am happy to hear the rightful owner was identified and that the money has been returned”.
“It is great to highlight examples of the great work the men and women of the Golden Gate Division CHP do on a daily basis, unfortunately, on too many occasions our personnel do not pause to be recognized as they feel they were simply doing their job”, Golden Gate Division Chief Avery Browne said.
The CHP plans to properly present the off-duty supervisor with the appropriate commendation at a private ceremony.