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May 23rd, 2008
City of Kyle channel: Kyle police seek owner of lost money

The City of Kyle Police Department in partnership with Tex-Best Travel Center is seeking assistance from area media outlets, and all Central Texas residents, to help locate the owner of more than $1,000 in cash that was inadvertently left on the counter of a Kyle business.

According to Tex-Best Travel Center store manager Irene Gunkel, a male patron dressed in military attire entered the store on April 17, made a purchase, then exited the store.

Shortly thereafter, the male patron returned to ask store officials if they had by chance found an envelope containing money. At the time of his inquiry, no money and been found or turned into the cashier’s office.

Store personnel then initiated a more thorough search of the store and subsequently located the missing money. They immediately ran out the front door in hopes of returning the money, but the man had already left the store’s parking lot. There is no descriptive information available regarding the make of the vehicle or a direction of travel.

Store officials maintained possession of the money for 30 days in hopes that the patron would again return and claim the missing money. Absent any further contact, the store manager contacted the Kyle Police Department and surrendered the cash to police officials for safekeeping.

According to Kyle Police Chief Michael Blake, the actions of the employees of the Tex-Best Travel Center serve to exemplify the caring nature and community values of our Kyle residents.

The unidentified patron was described as a Hispanic male dressed in military attire. The actual denominations and exact amount of the funds are being withheld at this time to ensure their safe return to the rightful owner.

In support of our service men and women in the military, the Kyle Police Department actively seeks the public’s help in locating this individual and returning rightful ownership of this money to this dedicated American hero.

Persons with information leading to the identity of the owner are asked to contact Kyle Police Detective Larry Honeycutt at 512-268-0859, extension 225.

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