Laurel Canyon resident Howard Packer feared that he had seen the last of his wallet when it was plucked from his leather bag during a visit to the Century City shopping mall on April 18.
Packer, a Canadian citizen and United States resident for the past 14 years, had already replaced his green card, California driver's license and assorted credit cards when he received a call June 18 from South Hamilton, Mass.
Carolyn Quinn, manager of the Talbots women's wear store, told Packer that his wallet had been found by a customer in the pocket of a raincoat when she tried it on.
In a note mailed along with the wallet, Quinn told Packer that his wallet is "a jet setter, sans $80. So glad the green card was still enclosed." The letter explained that the raincoat arrived in a shipment from the South Coast Plaza mall in Costa Mesa.
Only the cash was missing.
The pickpocket apparently went into a Talbots branch store in Century City and dropped the wallet into the pocket of a raincoat, which was later sent to the Costa Mesa store and then to Massachusetts, Packer said.