Littleton man recognized for returning lost $1,890 to owner

Posted April 06, 2012, at 4:29 p.m.
Last modified April 06, 2012, at 5 p.m.

HOULTON, Maine — An employee at the Tourist Information Center who found $1,890 in a restroom at the facility was recognized by the Houlton Police Department on Friday for returning the money to its owner.

Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said the incident took place Thursday, as Larry McGuire, 65, of Littleton, went to clean the restrooms at the facility.

After discovering that someone was in the men’s restroom, he cleaned the women’s bathroom first. When he returned to the men’s room, he found the envelope of cash, a checkbook, an address book and some note cards.

He notified Heidi Dolomont, another co-worker, who contacted the bank listed on the checks to try and obtain a phone number for the owner, Paul Bennett, 67, of Freeport. She also let the bank know that she had the checks.

Dolomont received a phone number and left a message on Bennett’s answering machine. Police also were contacted.

Bennett learned the money had been found and showed up at the Houlton police station about an hour later to retrieve his property. He told them he was going to write a letter to the Tourist Information Center thanking them for recovering his property.

McGuire was given a challenge coin, which is a token to recognize good citizenship, by police, Asselin said Friday.

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