A Chinese national who managed to forget his backpack with $2,400 in US currency, $39,500 in American Express travelers cheques and his passport while shopping in the South Bay Mall yesterday got everything back thanks to an honest man.
Police report the man, who listed a homeless shelter as his address, flagged down officers patrolling the mall around 5:45 p.m. on Saturday to hand over the black backpack he'd found in front of the TJ Maxx.
At about 6:47pm, officers were contacted by an employee from the Best Buy store in South Bay Mall. A male customer informed the staff he lost his backpack containing a large sum of money. Officers returned to South Bay Mall and transported the customer to District C-6 (South Boston). The owner of the bag was positively identified by his passport and the property found by the Good Samaritan was returned to him.
Police did not identify the man who found the backpack or whether the bag's owner offered him a reward.