LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — A couple found a bag of money in the Naples neighborhood of Long Beach on Christmas evening.
Gabriel Ruiz and Gabriela Jauregui opened the diaper bag to find $5,000 inside.
“We saw the wallet. Opened it up and saw a ton of money in there,” said Ruiz.
They wanted to return the money to the bag’s owner but first had to find out who the bag belonged to.
The bag belongs to a man, his wife and daughter who came to Naples to take in the Christmas displays.
Ruiz and Jauregui came to the same spot that night.
“We turn around. There’s a backpack on a seat,” said Jauregui.
They waited a while for the owner. When no one picked it up they looked inside for an ID, saw all that money and spent the night trying to find out who it belongs to.
“The names are in Vietnamese and everything and no address on the passports,” said Jauregui. “We stayed up all night looking for them on like Facebook.”
“I thought ‘how can I get back to my country? How can I pay my tuition? My rent?’ Because already have baby,” said the man.
He came back and spent hours looking. He posted signs. Came back to search in the morning. No luck.
Meanwhile early in the morning, the couple found a secret compartment in the bag.
“There was a bunch of papers with all the information we needed. Phone Number , a name, an address,” said Jauregui.
Satisfied, they finally fell asleep and called him in the morning.
Asking him first to describe the bag, he did. They came to the address they found to return the bag they found.
“So happy we were able to find you,” said Jauregui.
“All I can say is thank you, thank you,” said the man. “You just saved my life. Can I have a hug please?”