Boston taxi driver finds $187,000 in cash left in cab, helps return it to owner

In this photo released July 5, 2016 by the Boston Police Department, stacks of money totaling about $187,000 that were left in a taxi are displayed in Boston. Boston police said cab driver Raymond "Buzzy" MacCausland picked up a rider in Boston on Saturday who left a backpack containing the money in the taxi. After being unable to locate the man, MacCausland drove to police headquarters to turn in the cash. The unidentified rider was reunited with his money, which turned out had been inherited. MacCausland received a $100 reward. (Boston Police Department via AP)

Talk about a cash cab.

A Boston taxi driver found $187,000 in cash in a backpack forgotten in the backseat of his cab Friday afternoon, Boston police said Tuesday.

According to police, the driver said he made the discovery after he dropped off a man, who was picked up near Massachusetts Avenue and Tremont Street in Boston’s South End, and saw the backpack left behind.

It was while searching for some form of identification in the backpack that the driver found the enormous sum of cash—bundled in $100, $50, and $20 bills, according to a photo released by police Tuesday.

The driver “immediately” brought the bag to Boston Police Headquarters off Tremont Street, authorities said, and turned the belongings in to the BPD Hackney Unit, which deals with the city’s taxi system.


Police said that while officers were looking through the bag, they received a call from the man who left the money behind, reporting his lost backpack.

Boston police spokeswoman Rachel McGuire said the man said he was the beneficiary of a trust and had recently inherited the money. Upon arriving to police headquarters, the man provided a receipt of the inheritance proving he was the legal owner, and police returned him his backpack and money, McGuire said.

In a statement, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans applauded the taxi driver for making it all possible.

“This hackney driver exhibited exemplary behavior and his honest deed should be recognized,” Evans said. “His actions represent the high standards that our department has for our drivers.”

The Associated Press reports that the taxi driver, identified as 72-year-old Raymond “Buzzy” MacCausland, received a $100 reward from the owner of the $187,000 in return for his good deed.

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