Man finds Robert Redford's credit card, but loses chance at reward

2002-12-31T00:00:00Z Man finds Robert Redford's credit card, but loses chance at rewardJUSTIN HILL - The Daily Herald Daily Herald
December 31, 2002 12:00 am  • 

The Daily Herald

OREM-- Sometimes it's better to give than to receive.

A 25-year-old Orem man learned that lesson on Saturday after he tried to get memorabilia signed by actor Robert Redford -- with the movie star's own credit card -- and ended up getting nothing.

The man, whom police did not identify, found Redford's credit card at a gas station parking lot in Orem on Saturday. When he called the Redford-owned Sundance resort to notify them he had the actor's card, resort employees called Redford to verify his card had been lost.

The man then received a phone call from Kenneth Johnson, head of the resort's security, who offered him free ski passes and dinner for two if he would return the card. The man told Johnson he wanted memorabilia signed by Redford instead. When Johnson explained Redford didn't do that, the man said the actor wouldn't be getting the card back and hung up.

"It was kind of strange," said Johnson, who described the man's demeanor as "a little immature."

After Sundance employees phoned the police, the man then got a phone call from Orem Police Officer Nathan Lonergan, who got his number from caller ID. The man told the officer he was upset that Johnson spurned his offer. The Orem man also told the officer he had tossed out the card. Before hanging up, he told police that if officers wanted the card they could get it themselves.

Using the man's telephone number, police were able to get his address, and Lonergan called the man back to tell him that he was paying him a visit. If Redford's card wasn't returned, the man was told, he would face charges of theft of lost or mislaid property and with interfering with an investigation.

When Lonergan arrived at the man's apartment, the man coughed up the card. He wasn't charged in the incident.

"It wasn't Mr. Redford's desire," said Orem Police Lt. Doug Edwards. "He just wanted his card back."

The man who found the card didn't receive his free lift tickets or dinner.

Justin Hill can be reached at 344-2548 or jhill@heraldextra.com.

This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page A2.

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