Good Samaritan returns wallet full of cash to Brighton man

Posted at 8:15 PM, Jul 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-17 22:15:37-04

BRIGHTON, Colo. -- Sometimes the smallest gesture can mean the world to someone. 

A Brighton man was in search of the person who returned his wallet with his credit cards and $200 cash still inside.

Thom Thompson reached out to Denver7 asking for help in finding the good Samaritan.

"I was shocked. I had to sit down for a minute, because I just couldn’t believe it had happened," said Thompson. "It had all my money and everything, and it couldn't have happened at a better time.”

Thompson's wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer about a year ago. After treatment, the cancer went into remission but has since returned.

Thompson realized he lost his wallet during a recent trip to a Brighton Walmart. He suddenly became worried knowing that the cash and all his cards, including his ID, could fall into the wrong hands.

"I looked everywhere; I couldn't find it," said Thompson. "I went home and started calling the credit card companies to cancel the cards." 

About an hour later, Thompson saw the mailman and decided to check his mailbox. 

"I opened up my mailbox, and there was my wallet with a note on there saying, 'I found your wallet on Jessup Street, thought you'd want it back.'" he said.

Thompson said he must have dropped the wallet on the way to Walmart when he got out of his car to check on a noise coming from underneath his car.

"We ended up pulling over on Jessup Street. I wanted to see what was making the noise,” he said. 

The note that accompanied Thompson’s wallet was signed with the name “Charles,” and was written on the back of a receipt, which contained the good Samaritan’s full name of Charles Kwon.

Thompson decided to find the man on Facebook and located the man’s profile.

Denver7 spoke with Kwon’s family who said he is currently in training for the Army National Guard in South Dakota. The family said Kwon didn’t think twice about returning the wallet.

Charles and Thompson plan on meeting each other in a couple of weeks.