By: Evan Jankens

The age-old saying is “finder’s keepers.”

But those rules doesn’t seem to apply at banks in Clearfield, PA., where one man grabbed $500 that was left behind at an ATM.

Randy Gillen rolled up to a drive-through bank machine  and found $500 that was left behind by the previous customer — so he took it, according to

Here is where the story gets sticky: Police have video of Gillen taking the money and counting it. As bad luck would have it, he also had three outstanding warrants and was attempting to cash a bad check at the time he grabbed the ATM money — so he was arrested.

Now this brings up a question for me — If the guy had grabbed the cash, but wasn’t wanted for anything else, would it have been a crime? If I go to the bank today and find $20 in the parking lot and pocket the money, does that mean I could be arrested?

With cameras everywhere from lamp posts to mounted on car dashboards, it seems like the world has to become full of Good Samaritans, people who go out of their way to turn over anything they find, help everyone they encounter. But is it illegal for people who don’t?


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