Good Samaritan returns $1-million purse
Toronto family forgot it on a park bench while sightseeing in California
JUSTIN M. NORTON
San Francisco — John Suhrhoff found a Louis Vuitton bag on a Sausalito park bench.
Inside, police say, were a 12-carat diamond ring, pearl and emerald jewellery, a Cartier watch and roughly $500 in cash. The contents were worth $1-million.
But the respiratory therapist didn't think of heading to a pawn shop -- he took the bag to police Monday afternoon.
The bag is now en route to a Toronto family that had been in northern California for a wedding.
“Every person I know or associate with would have done the same thing,” Mr. Suhrhoff, 56, said Tuesday. “I'm glad to be able to help.”
The Canadian family told the Marin Independent Journal they were sightseeing Sunday in Sausalito, a tourist hub known for its waterfront views of San Francisco.
Shahla Ghannadian briefly left her husband in charge of the purse, which contained jewellery she wore at the wedding.
Ms. Ghannadian realized the bag was gone when she returned to her San Francisco hotel. The family went to police and didn't have any luck -- and were told chances were slim the bag would be returned.
“You have to be a real man to return that bag,” Ms. Ghannadian's son Ali told the paper. “Even the bag is expensive. We're really, really thankful to that guy.”
Sausalito police said Mr. Suhrhoff had thought the bag contained costume jewellery.
It was unclear whether the family offered him a reward.