HAYWARD -- When Hayward resident Matthew Phillips found a wallet with nearly $800 in cash along with blank checks and credit cards at a local gas station last week, he didn't keep what could have been easy money.
Instead, he attempted to contact the owner via his bank credit cards. But when the bank wouldn't help him because of confidentiality issues, he turned to Hayward police to track down the wallet's rightful owner.
Phillips visited the Police Department and told officers that he found the wallet at a Castro Valley gas station on Nov. 7 and that it contained several credit cards, checks and more than $780 in cash.
Police tracked down the owner of the wallet -- Ghulam Nabi, of Modesto -- who confirmed it was his. When police returned the wallet, they said Nabi said he'd be forever grateful to his good Samaritan.
"We (police) sometimes get so involved in dealing with the victims and suspects," said police Lt. Darin Nishimoto, "We know there are good people out there, but a majority of the time we deal with the bad people. People like Matt should be recognized, ... especially as the holiday season approaches."
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