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Man finds $6,000 in the road, searches and returns money to owner

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Something made Robert Croft stop his car and take another look. He had spotted what looked like a purse right in the middle of the road.

It was 3 p.m. on Sunday. He was driving on a ramp that leads to Route 29 North not far from Burtonsville, Md.

"Something just said, 'Back up and see what's in there,'" says Croft.

Inside the bag, he found $6,000.

"It was strange. I opened it up and I was like, 'Wow! What a gift!' because I could definitely use it," remembers Croft.

He had been laid off and had just recently found a new job. He told his two young kids the only option is to return the money -- not keep it.

"Morally, I just couldn't do it,” Croft says. “My mom raised us strict Christian background."

He called police and they had received no reports of missing money. He returned to the scene with FOX 5 because he wanted to spread the word in hopes of finding out who lost the money.

Back at the scene, he found some paperwork. He called a number scrawled on the paper. It was the number of a home health nurse. She called a family, who minutes later called Croft.

They described the burgundy bag and the contents. The money was returned to 97-year-old Maluk Singh.

The family thanked Croft and expressed surprised that grandpa was carrying around so much money. They plan to ask him to keep his money in the bank.

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