Boy Scout finds $800 in wallet and promptly returns it


(AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press Photo,T.J. Hamilton) :: Boy Scout John Robert Bouterse, 11, is interviewed by a TV crew Monday night April 28, 2008. He found a wallet belonging to Jessica Cutler, in background looking on, of Wayland in the parking lot of Open Door Reformed Church in Dorr. The wallet contained $800 she lost back in January and he found it just recently during a scout activity outside the church.


Updated: 4/30/2008

DORR, Mich.

When an 11-year-old Boy Scout found someone's wallet with $800 inside, he understood what the person who lost it was going through.

Only a few weeks before, he had lost his own wallet and the $45 it contained.

J.R. Bouterse immediately told an adult about his discovery, which was turned over to a law-enforcement official and returned to its grateful owner.

''We're just so proud of him,'' said the boy's mother, Michelle Bouterse, 41. ''We can't say enough.''

To reward the boy, the Michigan State Police threw a pizza party Monday night, not only for the law-abiding child but for all 30 Scouts in Troop 90.

Another guest at the party, to J.R.'s surprise, was 20-year-old Jessica Cutler, the wallet's owner, who wanted to personally thank him for his act of honesty.

''I can't believe someone would find a wallet with that much money in it and not take some,'' she said. ''A lot of people maybe wouldn't have done that same thing. I'm just glad he found it and not someone else.''

J.R. found the wallet a little more than a week ago while leaving a Scout meeting at the church.

''I knew exactly how she felt,'' he said.

Not exactly: His own wallet has not been returned to him.


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