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Little time lost in found cash rejoining its owner North Tonawanda couple who turned in $3,200 are happy police were so successful

The owner of an envelope containing more than $3,200 that was found a month ago in a Wal-Mart parking lot has been reunited with his cash, Amherst police said.

Police, who declined to identify the owner, would say only that he was "somewhat disabled," and that the money had been returned to him within a couple of days after he lost it.

"We were able to ascertain fairly quickly who the money belonged to and see that it was returned," Amherst Detective Sgt. Robert Brown said Friday.

"[The owner contacted us] right away," Brown said. "That same day he actually lost the money, he contacted the Police Department to let them know he had lost some money."

That was on Dec. 5, the same day that Allison Walker and her fiance, David Schimpf, both of North Tonawanda, had gone to the Wal-Mart on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst to drop off some film from a recent Florida vacation. Both spotted the envelope, full of cash, in a shopping cart in the parking lot.

The couple turned the wad of money over to police in hopes of finding the rightful owner.

"I think that's awesome," Walker said Friday, when she learned that the money had been returned.

"I didn't think they were going to find the rightful owner," Walker said. "I thought there were going to be a million and one people laying claim to it before the police could sort it all out. I'm glad they were able to track him down."

It turns out there really weren't that many people claiming the cash.

"When it was publicized, someone else said they, too, had lost some money, but the amount was different in that case," Brown said.

"Once we were able to verify the correct amount of money with the rightful owner, the money was returned within two days," Brown said.

Walker and Schimpf said they were not aware the money had been returned until friends told them Friday they heard the owner being interviewed on a local radio station.

"I heard from the women where I work that the guy was on the radio this morning," said Walker, a hairstylist and Pendleton native.

"Anyway, I was surprised to hear and think it's a great way to start off the new year," she added.

e-mail: hmcneil@buffnews.com

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