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Honesty prevails over “finders-keepers” for Lauderdale-By-The-Sea boys

For 11-year old Cory Johnson and 10-year olds Andre Parks and Ivo Connelly, what started as a day in the park on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 soon turned into what must have seemed like unimaginable riches.,That afternoon, searching for buried treasure with a metal detector, the boys discovered a money clip containing more than $600. Hoping to get the money back to its owner, they flagged down Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Douglas Brown who was patrolling the area. Coincidentally, as the deputy spoke to the boys, a Lauderdale-By-The-Sea resident approached them and told the deputy about losing a money clip with a large amount of cash. When he described the unique money clip in detail, Deputy Brown happily reunited the man with his money. The lucky resident rewarded each of the boys with $20 in appreciation for their honesty.,On Tuesday January 14, 2003, the boys were honored by BSO during a ceremony at Jarvis Hall. Broward Sheriff's Office District 13 Chief Kevin Tyrie presented Cory, Andre, and Ivo with certificates of appreciation for their praiseworthy actions and heroic efforts to break the rule of finders-keepers.

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