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19 Action News gets action, money returned to victim after stolen


19 Action News helped a senior citizen get back stolen money, and now she's speaking out with a warning for you.

Any of us can make the mistake that led to missing money. An envelope of cash ends up on the floor. The victim has some simple advice for keeping it out of the wrong hands.

"Too many things on my mind, where I was gonna go after the bank, here and there," says the victim. "I didn't realize that I lost it."

A senior citizen explains how she walked out of a bank leaving $857 on the floor. She thought she had put that envelope in her purse.

Moments later a stranger picked up the cash and walked away with that woman's money.

The victim just got most of her money back thanks to a 19 Action News report. After we aired this video a woman walked in and dropped off almost all of the cash.

19 Action News reporter Ed Gallek met the victim after she went to claim it.

Investigators are now trying to track down the guy seen grabbing the money. It happened at Third Federal Bank in Garfield Heights.

Also, our story has led to leads for Crime Stoppers. The suspect can be charged with theft. 

The victim warns it can happen to you if you don't pay attention.

"When you're doing important stuff especially banking or anything important keep your head straight. Think about other stuff later," says the victim. "I'm very grateful for all the money I got back, I was a nervous wreck over this."

You know that feeling when you've lost something important. So next time you go to the bank, keep your mind on your money.

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