Cabbie turns in $187,000 left behind in his taxi

BOSTON — A man who left about $187,000 cash in a Boston taxi has been reunited with his money thanks to an honest cabbie, police said Tuesday.

Raymond "Buzzy" MacCausland, a driver for the Independent Taxi Operators Association, picked up a fare with a cast on one leg on Saturday.

"He told me he was homeless and had been living in a shelter for six months," MacCausland said.

At one point, the man got out of the cab to meet a friend intending to return, leaving a bag behind, the 72-year-old MacCausland said. MacCausland waited about 30 minutes, but the man didn't return. So, he drove to the man's hotel to look for him.

Unable to find the man, even with the help of the hotel staff, MacCausland looked in the bag for identification. There he found three bundles of $50 and $100 dollar bills. He immediately drove to police headquarters to turn in the cash.

Police found paperwork indicating that the money was part of an inheritance.

"To me that was a relief," MacCausland said. "Because I know if it wasn't, they'd come looking for me."

The money was returned to the unnamed man after police determined he was the rightful owner. The man gave MacCausland a $100 reward.

"This hackney driver exhibited exemplary behavior, and his honest deed should be recognized," Police Commissioner William Evans said in a statement.


About 30 years ago, another person left a large sum of money in MacCausland's cab. A fare he drove to the airport left a briefcase containing $10,000 behind. That person didn't give him a reward, he said.

Reptile captured in Massachusetts a caiman, not a gator

LOWELL, Mass. — An expert says the foot-long reptile spotted roaming a residential Massachusetts neighborhood over the holiday weekend wasn't an alligator after all.

Michael Ralbovsky, of Rainforest Reptiles, says based on pictures he's seen, the creature is a smooth-fronted caiman. Caimans, native to South America, are in the same animal family as alligators and similar in appearance to the untrained eye.

Lowell police say they received a call around 7:30 p.m. Sunday reporting that the animal was walking down a street. Animal control captured it.

Beverly-based Rainforest Reptiles is taking possession of the caiman on Tuesday.

It's unclear where the caiman came from, but police suspect someone was keeping it as a pet. Ralbovsky says it's illegal to keep caimans as pets in Massachusetts.

Associated Press