Kid gets to keep found $1,000, honest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “I couldn’t believe it when they called and said they wanted to turn in a thousand dollars this little guy found,” Detective Dan Finn said. Finn’s shift was just about over on Sept. 11 when Adam’s parents, Rene and Allan, called to report their son had found the money on Los Rogues Drive on his way home from Foster Elementary School. Adam spotted most of the cash – $800 – scooped it up and headed home to tell his mother. Renee returned with him to the area and found $200 more. For a few days the family checked the neighborhood, knocking on doors, in a futile search for clues to the owner. Four days after the big find, they turned the money over to Finn. There was never a question the Beatties would do the right thing, they said. The money would have been nice as the family settled into their new home, but it was far more important to teach Adam and his 6-year-old sister life lessons in honesty and responsibility, Rene said at the time. Knowing the three months deputies would hold the cash was coming to an end and the money would be Adam’s, the Beatties recently advanced their son $100 for a blue electric scooter. Adam said he’d like to “buy a bunch of stuff” including some remote-control cars, but his parents have decided the rest of the money will go in a savings account. The aspiring baseball player said he usually gets a few bucks here and there for doing chores. “If I mow the lawn my dad gives me about four dollars,” he said. — Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – At 9, Adam Beattie isn’t quite sure what $1,000 will buy … he thinks maybe his first car some day. What money can’t buy was the lesson the Saugus fourth-grader imparted Thursday when he was awarded that sum – money he found in a gutter and turned in should the rightful owner be found. Three months passed with no queries so Adam has a new bank account. “I just think you’re awesome,” Sheriff’s Capt. Patti Minutello told Adam during a ceremony at the Santa Clarita station. “You set an example for all kids.” Adam, a cleft in his chin and sprinkle of freckles on his nose, was uncharacteristically quiet as deputy sheriffs congratulated him and voiced their surprise that a kid would come across some crisp $100 bills and try to find their owner.last_img