(KUSA) - An observant Fort Collins boy is being celebrated by Fort Collins Police for turning in a "very large sum of money" he found recently.
Bridger Yett, 8, said he found the cash in a Fort Collins store parking lot on Monday.
"I was walking along to go get some stuff for scouts when I found a large piece of money on the ground," he said.
Initially, Bridger asked the people in the car close to where he found the cash if it belonged to them. When they said no, the boy and his mom went inside to ask store employees if they had any information about who the cash may belong to.
"They said someone had been in a couple hours earlier looking for it, but they didn't leave any contact information," Laura Yett, Bridger's mom said. "The next best thing was the police, so I told him that. He wanted to come take it to the police station and I said after school the next day, then we would come down, and that's what we did."
When asked by police whether he wanted to turn in the money, he replied with, "Yup, I do!" the department said in a release.
"I feel really sad for them and sorry because they could be using it for housing payments or something like that, bills," Bridger said. "I said yes, because I knew it's not mine. It's very important to some people."
Bridger Yett, 8, said he found the cash in a Fort Collins store parking lot on Monday. (Photo: KUSA)
The Johnson Elementary School student said it wasn't his first time finding money, just never so much.
"No. Not in 100 years," he said, "which I'm probably not going to live that long."
Fort Collins is hoping whoever lost the money will come and claim it.
Per department policy, officials are not releasing the name of the store or how much money was found to help prevent just anyone from claiming it.
"He's a very good kid and has a really big heart," Laura said. "We're truly blessed to have him. He's a very loving child, so I'm not surprised."
Fort Collins said their found policy is to hold the money for a minimum of 40 days, per city ordinance.
If the money is not claimed by the end of the hold period, it will mean Bridger's good deed will literally pay off, as the money will be returned to him.
"I would use it for my church. I would put in for this new lobby they are going to build," he said. "Or I would take it to the food bank, so that they can get food, especially around the holiday season."