Mickenze Garrett waited patiently for six months before he reaped the reward for doing the right thing.


When the 13-year-old seventh grader from Macks Creek found a small coin case containing $1,400 cash on the ground, he turned the money over to the Camden County Sheriff's Office. Six months later, Sheriff Dwight Franklin gave the money back to Garrett.


Mickenze Garrett waited patiently for six months before he reaped the reward for doing the right thing.

When the 13-year-old seventh grader from Macks Creek found a small coin case containing $1,400 cash on the ground, he turned the money over to the Camden County Sheriff's Office. Six months later, Sheriff Dwight Franklin gave the money back to Garrett.

On Oct. 22, 2010, Mickenze found the coin case while running in the Macks Creek school parking lot as part of gym class.

"We were running the mile and I saw a little black bag. Nobody was around. I went and looked in it and put it in my pocket," Garrett said.
Mickenze rode the bus home from school and told his father, Ron Garrett, about what he found in the parking lot.

"Mickenze could have easily pocketed  the money and no one would have ever known. But he didn't. Deciding the right thing to do would be to turn the money in to the sheriff's office, the Garretts contacted the department," Lt. Joe Botta of the Camden County Sheriff's Department said in Garrett's official citizen's commendation.

"I was really surprised. I was glad that he did what he did. I was proud of him not trying to hide it because I didn't know the whole story when he first handed it to me," Ron Garrett said.

Mickenze's father took the coin case full of money to the sheriff's office.

"I just wanted to make sure that he was safe," Ron said.

When asked if the decision to try to find the rightful owner of the money was a difficult one, Mickenze responded, "yes, it was."

After he turned over the cash he found, the teenager thought about what he had done.

"It feels pretty good," Garrett said.

Mickenze, now $1,400 richer thanks to his reward, said he will buy a few things and put most of the money into a savings account — at the urging of his mother.

"I told him he could buy a few things, and then the rest of it goes in savings," Tammy Garrett said.

Mickenze said he is OK with the idea of saving the money.

"That sounds like a good idea — outstanding," Sheriff Franklin said. "You are to be commended."

Contact Lake Sun reporter Rance Burger at rance.burger@lakesunonline.com.