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Siesta Key Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 3 years ago

Visitor praises Good Samaritan

by: Observer Staff

A few weeks ago, Brenda Burke was vacationing on the Key from Massachusetts when she inadvertently left her wallet on a table outside Siesta Key Tropical Wines, in Davidson Plaza on Ocean Boulevard.

That wallet had every bit of information a nefarious person could desire to perpetrate identity theft, Burke said. She had loaded it with “basically everything I needed for a three-month stay on Siesta Key.”

However, a Good Samaritan found the wallet, Burke reported, and turned it over to Maureen Rooney, owner of the wine shop.

Rooney realized that although she had a lot of ID information for Burke, she had no phone number. She went across the plaza to Davidson Drugs and checked with the pharmacy, to see if, by chance, Burke ever had been a customer there.

Thanks to a Davidson’s clerk, Rooney was able to get a phone number for Burke. When she called Burke, she made arrangements to return the wallet promptly. Burke was amazed, she said, at Rooney’s diligence.


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