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Santa Barbara teen returns purse with $10K inside to SBCSO

Santa Barbara teen returns purse with $10K inside to SBCSO

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A Santa Barbara teenager did the right thing, to the tune of $10,000.

It's a story that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says will make you feel good about humanity.

16-year-old Rhami Zeini was on his way home from school Wednesday afternoon in the Turnpike area when he noticed a black purse in the middle of the road. 

The high school junior went into the roadway to get the purse and looked inside for identification so he could try and return it.

What he found was more cash then he's ever seen in his life - ten grand!

After consulting with his parents he brought the precious cargo to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

"To me, I figured this is the right thing to do if I take it and find whoever's purse it was because if the roles were reversed and I had lost something with a significant sum of money inside, I know I would want it back for sure," said Zeini.

Sheriff's Deputies were then able to reunite the purse and the cash with its rightful owner and the woman is said to be very grateful.

The woman was so touched by Zeini's gesture that she gave him a $100 reward. 

Sheriff's Spokeswoman Kelly Hoover says the woman was going on a hike and probably left her purse on the roof of her car and drove away.


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