Transit cops help tourist retrieve lost bag with passports

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Posted: Aug 07, 2016 3:32 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Transit police in Philadelphia have helped a Colombian tourist and her children retrieve their lost passports by giving the thief a deal: no consequences for returning the bag.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/2aET9vg ) Ximena Estrada forgot the bag on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority bus on Thursday. She had been visiting family since June and was scheduled to return to Pereira, Colombia, on Tuesday.

Transit officials say a fellow rider walked away with the bag. They released surveillance footage and used social media and local news outlets to spread the word that they wouldn't charge the man if he just returned the bag.

The man turned it in early Sunday.

Estrada says the important items — including her family's passports, jewelry, and her cellphone — were accounted for.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com