Surveillance video is usually used to capture criminals. Recently, one teenager was caught on a home security system for quite the opposite reason: 18-year-old Tyler Opdyke was attempting to a return a wallet filled with $1,500 cash.
The good Samaritan was passing out fliers from StrikeZone Pest Control in suburban Sacramento when he noticed a wallet stuffed with cash on a home’s driveway. But instead of absconding with the money, Opdyke did the right thing and knocked on the door to try and return the wallet to its rightful owner.
“I just really thought about what I would want someone to do if I were to drop my wallet,” Opdyke told KSAT. “And then I thought about the house. I thought about the family who lived there.”
Homeowner Melissa Vang was hesitant to open the door to a stranger, so she kept her door locked and instead checked out the video from her surveillance cameras.
After Opdyke knocked for a minute or two with no answer, he noticed the security camera. He can be seen in the video showing the wallet to the camera in an effort to alert the home’s owner why he was there. He then put the wallet under the front mat before walking away.
The whole incident can be seen in the video below:
Vang said that the wallet belonged to her husband and contained cash from several family members for a big event they were planning.
Opdyke later returned to the scene to make sure the owner had retrieved the wallet. “I went back to go see if the money was still there because if it was, I was going to keep knocking. And that’s when Melissa and her two girls came out and we hugged,” Opdyke told Fox 59.
Vance was extremely grateful for the teen’s good deed. “It touched my heart for him to return this much cash,” she told KENS 5.
We’re glad the world still has good guys out there who you can trust!