Pierce County resident honored for finding, returning life savings to woman in Puyallup

Staff writerJanuary 22, 2014 

Finding thousands of dollars in a parking lot could be the ultimate test of temptation for some people.

But not for Suzanne Hutchings. The Pierce County resident did what she thought was right after finding a bank bag filled with $50 and $100 bills late last year.

Hutchings was honored Tuesday night at the Puyallup City Council meeting for her role in reuniting a frantic citizen with about $8,700.

Puyallup Police Chief Bryan Jeter presented Hutchings with a plaque and the chief’s coin, a token of recognition from the department, for displaying honesty in the incident. 

“Not a lot of people would have done this,” Jeter said. “This was truly an amazing act of integrity on her part.”

Hutchings was leaving Sportsman’s Warehouse in Puyallup on Dec. 18 when she found the bag on the ground of the parking lot, according to a memo from Puyallup Police Department.

She called police and turned the money over to an officer upon arrival.

As the officer filed a report, a distraught woman approached and explained that she had lost her life savings. The woman described the exact amount of money and another item in the bag, the memo states.

Hutchings’ actions were responsible for returning the money to its rightful owner, Jeter said during Tuesday’s meeting.

Hutchings chose not to speak about the recognition Tuesday, and quietly slipped out of the council chambers following the presentation.

“She’s a very humble person, as you can tell,” Jeter said. 

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