While many young people today get a bad wrap for their behaviour in our community, two Byford boys have bucked the trend after they recently handed in a wallet with almost $600 into police.
Lachlan Heng and Dardayne Russie came across the wallet in a vacant block of land near Alexander Drive in Byford earlier this month.
Without any hesitation, the two teenagers headed straight to the police station to drop in the wallet, which has since made its way back to the rightful owner.
Mundijong Police Senior Sergeant Darryl Brandis said he was proud of the two boys and proud of their parents for raising good citizens.
“Sadly plenty of people get charged in Western Australia with stealing by finding, thinking if you find something it is yours,” he said.
“But we still believe that 95 per cent of people in our community are very good citizens and that is reflected in the fact we regularly have people bring property in for us to locate the owner.”
Snr Sgt Brandis said while many adults would have thought twice about returning that amount of money, these boys led by example.
“Young people get a bad wrap, sometimes it is justified because of things they do, but there are also mostly amazing young people out there that are doing the right thing and making a difference to our world,” he said.
“These boys are the future of Australia.”
Lachlan and Dardayne said they both thought it was the right thing to do.
“We know what it is like to lose something important to us and thinking we may never see it again,” they said.
“Every little thing counts and being respectful, having strong morals, being humble and kind to others is so important, as everyone has feelings.”
The boys received Certificates of Recognition for their actions from the staff at Mundijong Police.