Last week, a Dixon girl was lauded for turning in a cash-stuffed wallet she found on the street. Also last week, in Roseville, the opposite happened when an adult pocketed somebody's dropped billfold.
Roseville police said that on March 19 at about 10 a.m. a man was washing his clothes at a coin laundry in the 400 block of Folsom Road when his wallet fell out of his pocket.
Police say that security cameras captured a woman picking up the wallet, quickly concealing it, and later leaving without returning it to the rightful owner. She was accompanied by a toddler.
The woman was described as a heavy-set Hispanic woman in her 20s with a blonde streak in her dark hair. She was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and pink "Hello Kitty" sweatpants.
Roseville police note that "finders keepers" does not apply in such a situation. Anyone who finds property is supposed to turn it in or make an effort to find the rightful owner.
A Roseville public safety newsletter notes that not making an effort to find the owner is akin to theft.
Last week, the town of Dixon thanked Jessica Gutierrez, 7, for doing the right thing. When she found a wallet on the ground on her way to school, she turned it into school authorities.
The woman who lost the wallet gave the Jessica a reward. Her class earned a pizza party from a local restaurant and Jessica got a ride to school in a limousine from the local funeral home.
The Dixon police chief said Jessica showed that honesty is the best policy.