Police seek man who found money and kept it

LOCUST GROVE, Ga -- Police in Henry County are trying to identify a man who picked up $400 in cash just after it was dropped on the floor at a fast food restaurant. Police say he broke the law by keeping the money.

A video of the incident was released by police in hopes of identifying the suspect. He picked the money up seconds after a store manager accidentally dropped it on the floor.

"It was documented as a Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property," said Lt. Joey Smith. "That is a crime. It's a misdemeanor and you can be prosecuted for it."

The video shows a man buying a meal at the McDonalds on Highway 155 in Locust Grove last Thursday. While he was paying for his food a store manager accidentally dropped four $100 bills from her pocket and accidentally kicked them without knowing.

Almost immediately, the man walked over to the drink station, picked up the four bills and stuffed them in his pocket. The suspect is described as having thin, grey hair combed straight back and a long mustache. He wore a mechanic-style uniform and drove a dark colored pickup truck.

After picking up the money the video shows the man nonchalantly filling up his drink and then walking back to the counter to pick up his meal. He then walked out of the store and got into the pickup truck.

Henry County Police are hoping someone can identify him so they can charge him with the misdemeanor crime. "This individual acquired items that didn't belong to him and the law states that he should have made some type of effort to try to help the victim reclaim their property," Lt. Smith said.

According to Georgia Code "A person commits the offense of theft of lost or mislaid property when he comes into control of property that he knows or learns to have been lost or mislaid and appropriates the property to his own use without first taking reasonable measures to restore the property to the owner."

The manager at the McDonalds told police the suspect is a regular customer who comes into the restaurant almost every day. However he has not been back to the restaurant since he took the money.


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