Worcester, MA teenager finds diamonds and more in donated jacket
What would you do if you found two diamonds, a tennis bracelet and two Gucci watches in a jacket during a donation-based clothing drive?
Would you take the jacket and all her precious jewels inside? Do you want to pawn the goods and make a profit or try to track down the rightful owner?
That’s exactly the ethical question 17-year-old Luke Coelho asked himself when he found the perfect jacket.
Luke Coelho moved from Brazil this year to Worcester, Massachusetts and began attending South High Community School.
Being from Brazil, Luke didn’t have many warm clothes needed for a winter in Massachusetts. So Luke headed to the school’s clothing donation program called Andy’s Attic, according to CBS News. article.
One of the jackets Luke took a liking to had the name “Dave” on it. It was donated by a man named Dave Kenney who was cleaning his house earlier that year, according to CBS.
Dave Kenney was cleaning his house after the death of his wife. The widowed man had no idea what was in his coat pocket, but soon realized how valuable the gift was.
Now Luke Coelho could have easily pawned the jewels. In fact, being a high school student and moving to the United States seems like a great reason to need the extra cash, but selling the jewelry wasn’t in the cards for him.
Not knowing what to do, Luke Coelho and his aunt went into detective mode. All they had to go on was the name “Dave”, the clothing store the jacket came from (which had been closed for years) and the jewelry itself.
Luke’s aunt called every jewelry store in the area until they finally identified Dave Kenney as the rightful owner. The high school student gave it all back.
And thank God he did.
The shocking part was that one of the diamond rings in the jacket pocket “was the wedding ring I bought my wife,” Kenney told CBS. “That meant my daughters got their mother’s things back.”
Luke did the right thing. Now Dave Kenney’s daughters will have a piece of their mother with them forever: her jewelry.
Dave credits the high schooler, “This handsome young man did the right thing and his aunt,” Kenney told CBS. “I totally appreciate what they have done for me and my family.”
Well done Luke. Way to do the right thing!
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