Purse With Lots Of Cash Returned To Owner

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WILLIAMSPORT -- If you found a purse on the side of the street filled with cash, would you return it? Well, a college student in Williamsport says he did and he didn't think twice about it.

Early Saturday morning, Zach Fannin, a senior at Lycoming College, was leaving a bar on 3rd Street in Williamsport. His friends took the bus but he decided to walk back to campus with a friend.

"I went out with some buddies to the Cell Block. It was probably about 1, 1:30 we were walking back," Fannin recalled. "I was walking by and my friend, she was walking in front of me, and just happened to notice that there was a purse on the ground, a little hand bag."

Police say that purse had about $2,200 in cash inside.

"I kind of didn't think twice about giving it back," Fannin said.

He says he found the purse on East 4th Street and brought it home, but knew he had to bring it back to its rightful owner.

"The more I was thinking about it, I was just like, 'I got to get this to the police station as fast as possible.'"

Fannin says he brought the purse to police around 4 a.m. Saturday.

"Good to see, you know, especially this time of year with all this negative stuff going on," said Williamsport Police Capt. Michael Orwig.

Capt. Orwig says they were able to get the purse and everything inside back to its rightful owner the same day.

"She was very thankful and appreciative to the person that did this good deed."

So appreciative, the owner of the purse even wrote a thank you card to Fannin.

"If I get some time, I would like to go and see her, kind of I don't know, thank her. She just gave me a little card. That meant the world to me."

"I think in the long run, it will come back to him in tenfold," added Capt. Orwig.



  • Gena Lewis

    This young man is from my home town where we try to raise our kids with kindness and respect. Thank you Zach, for showing the world that there are kind and honest people in this world. I hope one of my kids would do the same thing. You will be repayed in ways you never thought possiable.

  • Judy

    Oh boy! she wrote him a thank you note!! Are you kidding? 2200$ returned and not even a measley reward given to that honest young man ?? SHe should be ashamed of herself.

  • Lissa Kinney

    My friend just did this yesterday. Coming home from Mooresburg on a back road, we stopped at a stop sign and there was what my sister and I thought was a block of wood on the road. My friend insisted that it was a wallet. We turned around and sure enough, it was a wallet. She checked the wallet, found a phone number in it, called it and the man said that he wasn’t sure he had even lost the wallet. Long story short, we were able to get the wallet back to him and he was very grateful, gave my friend a little something for herself and everyone was a little happier and lighthearted for the day. There are good people out there and I’m glad to know one!

  • justwondering

    What horrible,miserable type of person has the need or time to rate these comments down? And you must be a coward if you can’t comment and explain your disposition and negativity about this story..!

  • Harley

    Very pleasant story!! I’m glad to know that there are still some true, honest people left on this earth. I wish that there were more people like u.Happy holidays, and Merry Christmas to all!

  • Marge

    Such a wonderful young man. In my heart I know there are more good people in this world than bad ones, but you never hear about them! He really deserves a reward of some sort even if the lady only buys him dinner.

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