Wallet with $6.3K lost at Whole Foods returned to owner
Updated 10:44 am, Wednesday, January 14, 2015
A New Jersey woman, who traveled to the area to visit a friend at Bridgeport Hospital last weekend, lost her wallet -- with $6,300 -- after a stop at the Whole Foods Market on Grasmere Avenue.
After Jennifer Doherty of Demarest, N.J., realized that her wallet was missing Sunday, the woman called Whole Foods to ask if anyone had turned in the wallet, but no luck.
According to police, she called Cronin and he met Fairfield officers at the corner of Park and Brooklawn avenues, where he turned over the wallet.
Using personal identification found in the wallet, Fairfield police were able to track down the wallet's owner.
If anyone deserved credit, it was his girlfriend, Cronin said. He downplayed the episode, saying he did only what any other police officer would have done.
"I'm glad she got her money back. It's the right thing to do," he said. "When you find something that doesn't belong to you, you return it."
On Tuesday, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch expressed his thanks to Cronin. "I believe this speaks to the character of our police officers in Bridgeport. Every day, they work hard keeping our kids and families safe," said Finch. "I was extremely grateful, but not remotely surprised when, I heard that Officer Cronin brought the wallet to the Fairfield Police Department."
Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. said of Cronin: "He is a good man who did the right thing without a second thought ... I'm proud to call him a colleague on the Bridgeport Police Department."