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article image$1.4 Million Bag left on Park Bench

By Chris V. Thangham     May 5, 2007 in Entertainment
Suhrhoff finds a $1.4 Million Louis Vuitton bag full of jewelry and cash.
A man who found a bag containing jewelry and cash worth $1.4 million on a park bench may have saved a marriage.
John Suhrhoff found a Louis Vuitton hand bag on a Sausalito park bench in California during a lunch break. Inside the bag there was a 12 carat diamond ring, pearl and emerald jewelry, a Cartier watch and $500 in Canadian and American Currency. The police said the estimated content inside the bag was $1.4 Million dollars.
John Suhrhoff, a respiratory therapist, tried to find the right owner but couldn’t so he returned the bag to Sausalito Police.
The bag is now returned to the right owner Ghannadian family in Toronto, Canada. They were in California for their daughter’s wedding.
The Ghannadians told the Marin Independent Journal of Novato how this all happened. After the wedding they were heading back to Toronto, but since their flight was scheduled for the next day, they decided to visit Sausalito. The city is famous for its waterfront views of San Francisco and is a tourist destination.
Shahla Ghannadian left the bag briefly with her husband, which contained the jewelery she wore at the wedding. The husband failed to notice the bag and forgot to pick it up from the bench. When they returned to their hotel they realized that they lost the handbag.
Suhrhoff found this bag on a park bench near a tour bus depot.
"Every person I know or associate with would have done the same thing," Suhrhoff, 56, of San Rafael, said Tuesday. "I'm glad to be able to help."
The family went immediately to Sausalito police headquarters and filed a missing report, but the Police told them the chances are slim they will get it back. Only they were lucky Suhrhoff returned the bag to the Police and all its contents were found safe.
"You have to be a real man to return that bag," Ghannadian's son Ali told the Independent Journal. "Even the bag is expensive. We're really, really thankful to that guy."
Sausalito police Sgt. Kurtis Skoog told the press that they are impressed with Suhrhoff’s honesty, very rarely such expensive stuff are returned back. Many others would have sold it to a pawn shop for less than its original value.
Suhrhoff is happy the bag is returning back to the owner, but advises them and others not to carry expensive stuff when they make trips and that too in a small purse.
Thanks to Suhrhoff, the Ghannadians must be very happy, hope they reward him for his honesty.
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