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Good Samaritan helps woman recover stolen identity

Good Samaritan helps woman recover stolen identity

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - What started with curiosity ended with the return of stolen belongings after a Good Samaritan stopped a man acting suspiciously in Spokane Valley and helped reunite a woman with her stolen identity.

It can be so frustrating when your belongings are stolen; Rebecca Lanterman's were taken right out of the lobby of her skin and wellness business within seconds.

"I heard a noise, I looked up to the front desk through my closed circuit," she said.

It was a jump start to her morning that Lanterman never expected.

"Came out and a fellow was going out the door," she said.

It happened Tuesday around 11:30 a.m. and when she checked the only thing missing was her purse from underneath the desk. It was the only thing missing, and her associate just missed seeing the man who stole it.

A quick report to Crime Check but all seemed lost, gone, until Ty Brown was driving down Pines and saw a man carrying a purse.

"Just tossed it off to the side and was continuing looking through stuff on the way down the walk here," Brown said.

Brown got out of his car to investigate.

"I was bending over to look at the purse, I saw him up there about a block and a half start running," Brown recalled.

Inside the purse Brown found Rebecca Lanterman.

"I saw a checkbook, it had a phone number on it and I called the phone number," he said.

Soon afterward he found Rebecca in person at her business.

"I went out and gave him a hug," she said.

But that wasn't the end to the good news. Another person found her wallet at 8th and University and, in the end, almost all of her possessions were found and returned.

It started off as a bad morning but turned out to be a good day.

"It's above and beyond what somebody would have done, he's very brave," Lanterman said. "He deserves a lot of credit and i pray there's more people like him."

"I don't think it was anything too big, but I think a lot of people would do it," Brown said.

Lanterman filed a report through Crime Check and gave deputies a description of the suspect but so far that individual has not been found.