Stolen wallet found 27 years later in tree

July 6, 2009 7:02:10 AM PDT
A woman whose wallet was pickpocketed 27 years ago in Central Park now has it back - minus $20 in cash. A tree-care supervisor found the blue leather wallet inside the hollow of a dying cherry tree. It wasn't far from where Ruth Bendik had her wallet swiped while she watched the New York City Marathon on Oct. 24, 1982.

The 69-year-old Upper East Side resident says the only thing missing was the money.

Her credit cards from the now-defunct Bell Telephone and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Bank were still there. So were her student ID from Columbia University Teachers College and an employee ID from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

The park worker says he found the wallet under 5 feet of compost. Police tracked down Bendik the next day.


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