Riverside kid who found cash gets reward

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By Bob Uphues


Back in April 2012, we ran a story about Charles Vacek, a 8-year-old student at Ames School in Riverside. On his way to school on April 3, 2012 Charles stumbled upon an envelope lying in the parkway. Inside of that envelope was $300 in cash.

Word of Charles' find made its way to his teacher, who confirmed what had happened. The long and short of it was that Charles ended up turing in the money to police, who praised the young man for his honesty and let Charles know that if no one claimed the cash within six months, he could keep it.

Well, it turned out that someone did come and claim the money. About three months ago, according to Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, Riverside resident David Weinke gave police detailed corroborating information and took possession of the cash.

According to police, Weinke was thinking of giving Charles a reward when, about a month or so ago, a friend of Weinke's, named Michael Agne, gave Charles a gift of a small silver bar weighing about 330 grams and worth about $350.

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Neighbor Ned  

Posted: January 27th, 2013 2:13 PM

I know the kid and the family. Top notch all the way around. Don't worry. He did the right thing.

This story confuses me still  

Posted: January 27th, 2013 11:24 AM

It's great the man got his money back and the kid got a reward but ever since I first read this, I've been confused. It sounds like the boy didn't report the money until his friends spread the news and his teacher got involved. Is that the way it happened? If that's what happened and this were my child, I'd be disappointed.

Great job kid!  

Posted: January 20th, 2013 1:21 AM

Wow! Obviously he did not learn about honesty or ethics from his principal or superintendent.

The 'Golden Rule' rules!  

Posted: January 18th, 2013 10:05 AM

Charles' honesty was justly rewarded. That's great. A pat on the back to everyone involved!

Agne put the 'Ag' in silver!  

Posted: January 18th, 2013 7:19 AM

This sure seems appropriate: "The time is always right to do what is right." Hmmm...where have I read that recently?

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