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Two who returned stolen Brink’s money could soon be rewarded

January 12, 1997

MIAMI (AP) _ Honesty may have its own rewards for a mother of six and a schoolboy _ the only two people to return some of the $500,000 that residents scooped up from an overturned Brinks truck.

Even though the money they gave back was minuscule _ $19.53 from Faye McFadden and 85 cents from 11-year-old Herbert Tarvin _ they may get back much more. More than a dozen people have offered to send them reward money.

``I would like them to know that there are people all around the country who appreciate their example of honesty,″ said a Chandler, Ariz., man who wrote police and asked not to be identified.

The man offered $100 to Ms. McFadden, who earns $5 an hour at her job at a department store, and $20 to Herbert, who was reminded at his Catholic school that it was wrong to keep money from the Brinks truck.

Police spokesman Lt. Bill Schwartz said another man offered to buy toys for Ms. McFadden’s children and Herbert.

``The rest of the citizenry are sending the message that honesty will pay off,″ Schwartz said Saturday. ``And I will see to it that they get their reward.″

About $500,000 in cash and $149,000 in food stamps was scooped up after spilling out of the Brink’s truck that overturned Wednesday in Miami’s impoverished Overtown section. Rush-hour commuters may have grabbed bags of money and driven off as the driver and his assistant lay bleeding on the ground.

An amnesty period that allowed people to return the money _ no questions asked _ expired Saturday at noon and Schwartz said anybody caught now could face prosecution.

Two people already have been charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property after police said they were found with $10,000 in food stamps.

``The game’s over, it’s time to pay the Pied Piper,″ Schwartz said. ``The message is, if you take a penny off the street that doesn’t belong to you, it’s theft.″

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