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Police: Man Yelled ‘Finders Keepers’ Before Stealing Dropped Money

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File photo of people exchanging money. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

File photo of people exchanging money. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

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SUNRISE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Police arrested a man after he was accused of stealing $29 dropped by a woman, reportedly yelling “Finders keepers!” at her before absconding with the cash.

According to the Florida Sun-Sentinel, the man, Michael Futerman, then used the money to purchase drugs.

The woman, Ruth Mae Facyson of Lauderhill, was outside of a local Home Depot when she dropped the cash, according to the police report provided to the paper. It was then that Futerman, 57, of Tamarac, reportedly swooped in to recover the money.

He then ran to the parking lot and entered a black Mazda. Facyson followed, then stood behind his car, demanding he return the money he had just taken.

Futerman allegedly responded by simply telling her to move. When she didn’t, he subsequently backed the car into her right leg, the report noted.

Witnesses took note of the license plate number on the car as he drove away, which led police to Futerman’s home.

When authorities arrived at the residence, Futerman allegedly tried to get away. He was detained, however, and found in possession of a small rock of crack cocaine during the arrest.

He later told authorities that he had “found” the $29, and used most of it to purchase the drugs, the paper learned.

The rest of the money – a reported $3 – was found outside of Futerman’s car.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Futerman was seen before a Broward County judge on Thursday, and was ordered to be held on a $3,625 bond.

Police told the paper that he is now facing multiple charges, including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of cocaine, petit theft, and resisting a police officer without violence.

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