Teens spend $16,000 found at train station

Six teenagers have been reprimanded for spending thousands of euros they found at a train station on jewelry and clothing instead of handing them over to the police.

Police in Munich, capital of the southern Free State of Bavaria, said a 13-year-old boy discovered 14,900 euros ($16,000) in cash at a municipal train station in Oberhaching, a small town 15 kilometers (9 miles) away) South from Munich.

The money belonged to a 62-year-old from nearby Sauerlach, who had put it in an envelope he kept in his briefcase.

Realizing that he had forgotten his bag at the station, the man rushed back, but it was already gone.

Teenagers spend 16000 in found money
The 14,900 euros ($16,000) were returned to the 62-year-old owner after he left them in a briefcase at the Furth main train station in Bavaria on May 2, 2022.
Federal Police Directorate Munich/Zenger

The teenager who found it chose not to call the police.

Instead, he told his best buddies about it, and the group – three boys and three girls under 14 – went on a two-week shopping spree.

The buddies spent the money on groceries, jewelry, backpacks, trips to the bowling alley and an electric scooter.

The teens only confessed after their suspicious parents demanded how they were paying for their spending spree.

The angry parents informed the local police, who were able to quickly locate the rightful owner.

Munich police spokeswoman Sina Dietsch said the families could have returned most of the products purchased.

She added that they only needed to raise around €2,000 ($2,100) to fully compensate the victim.

It was not disclosed whether the parents of the teenage offenders decided to punish them for their crimes.

Because of her age, the local authorities cannot bring charges against her.

The Sauerlacher reportedly didn’t expect to ever see his money again as it had been two weeks since he reported the loss to police at the train station.

Dietsch said: “The teenagers may not be charged with their actions, but we will invite them to an interview, that’s for sure.”

Almost 14,000 people live in the municipality of Oberhaching.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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Rick Schindler

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