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Elkview man turns in lost valuables

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An Elkview man who found cash and credit cards said returning the lost items to their owner increased the joy of his holiday.

"It made my Christmas," said Keith McCoy, 80. "I'm glad I found it. Somebody else may have done the same thing. There are a lot of good people in the world."

J.D. Gandee, 58, of Crede, was so relieved to get his money and cards back that he contacted the Daily Mail requesting recognition for the good Samaritan who returned his lost items.

This is how the story goes.

Gandee, a frequent customer of Smith's True Value Hardware in Big Chimney, was there on Thursday when the weather was bitterly cold.

"I was wearing insulated bibs over my pants," he said. "Instead of slipping my money clip in my front pocket like I do regularly, I apparently slipped it between my sets of pants. As I walked, it slipped unbeknownst to me."

As a property manager, he collects rent. He had $400 in cash wrapped around a $450 money order. Also in the bundle, he had his driver's license and 11 cards that included credit, debit and identification such as a Sam's Club card.

McCoy found the wad of items all in a bundle with a metal clip in the parking lot of the hardware store when he got out of his truck. He picked it up and carried it inside the store to ask manager Mike Ashley for help finding the owner.

"I would never keep something like that," McCoy said. "I wouldn't be able to rest."

Ashley said both men are regular customers but they had never met each other.

Ashley looked through some store business records, found a number for Gandee, and called him.

Gandee was unaware that he had lost anything until he got the phone call. He then realized the money clip with all the valuables was gone.

"I felt embarrassed at first," he said. "Then I was greatly relieved and grateful."

He was happy to get the money back but perhaps even happier that he did not have to go through the "heartache" of replacing the cards. 

"I'm thrilled, humbled and grateful," Gandee said.

Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at or 304-348-1246.


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