Teens return lost wallet containing nearly $1,000 in Braintree

BRAINTREE, MA (WHDH) - Three teens were rewarded for their honesty in Braintree after returning a lost wallet filled with nearly $1,000 in cash.

Instead of splitting the money amongst themselves, they decided to do the right thing and turn the wallet over to police.

Maureen DeLuca gave the girls who found and returned her lost wallet emotional hugs.

She lost the wallet two weeks ago in the South Shore Plaza parking lot while putting her grandson in his carseat. She said she never thought she would see it again.

The three 13-year-olds from Milton found it, and flagged down a police officer. There was no ID in the wallet, but the officer used a receipt to track down DeLuca.

The girls admitted there was temptation to take the money, but they quickly decided to do the right thing.

In return for their admirable actions, the girls received a proclamation from the Braintree mayor, gifts from the mall, and a reward from DeLuca, in front of some very proud parents.

DeLuca is a former Boston high school teacher, and said she knows teenagers often get a lot of negative attention. She said she’s happy she was able to give them some positive attention.

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