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Camera shows shopper snag $200 when lady drops it

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Posted at 7:04 PM, Nov 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-22 19:21:46-05

HENRICO, Va. (WTVR)--Security video shows a man watching a woman drop an envelope full of cash, and then instead of notifying her, he takes it all for himself.

She walks away without even noticing her money is gone. So is the man stealing the cash, or just picking up money left on the ground?

Watch the tape and it could look like the man behind her in line saw the envelope fall and quickly covered it with his foot. Police say it is a crime—a crime of opportunity.

Elizabeth Taylor was shoping at the K-Mart off Nine Mile Road. The amount inside the envelope was $200—and it was gone in just seconds. She said she realized when she walked to customer service in the back of the store that the cash was gone.

The money was for a big holiday celebration for the Church Hill House, for senior citizen and the disabled, Taylor said.

Loss prevention pulled the tape and came to the conclusion

“Once we saw the video-we talked and gave the woman what she lost back,” a K-Mart rep said.

And they're not the only ones in the giving spirit. Taylor said a bunch of people have come forward to offer money to help feed a Thanksgiving meal to those staying at the Church Hill house where she works.

“The party will go on,” she said.

Henrico police said they're investigating. They said it's not a case of finder’s keepers because police said the man covered it before she left the register. Police hope they will get info from the credit card slip the man used to pay for his goods before picking up the envelope.

Taylor said she's just thankful things played out the way they did.

“How good was it that God let it drop instead of that man following me to my car possibly, and taking it."

Police ask that you call Crimesolver at 780-1000 if you have any info.