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Missing wallet with sentimental value is found

Posted: February 10, 2013 4:00 p.m.
Updated: February 10, 2013 4:00 p.m.

A 42-year-old Canyon Country woman who tearfully pleaded for the return of her 8-year-old son’s stolen wallet in early February came home to find it on her kitchen counter one day last week.

Kim Castruita said the wallet, stolen from her son while he was at a department store in Canyon Country, was fashioned from the shirt pocket of her brother’s Marine fatigues.

The wallet carried particular sentimental value after her brother, who successfully completed tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was on the force of the Inglewood Police Department, was killed in a motorcycle accident at age 29.

The wallet had gone to her son, Nick, who was particularly fond of his uncle.

Landscapers working outside the department store found the wallet in the bushes, and Castruita’s husband left it as a surprise when his family got home Thursday, Castruita said.

“It was empty. There were only a few cents left,” said Nick Castruita, 8.

But the money was never that important, Kim Castruita said.

“Next time,” the youngster said, “if I bring it out, my mom will take care of it.”




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