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LIRR Conductor Jonathan Yellowday Commended For Returning Tray Of Diamond Engagement Rings Left On Train

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A Long Island Rail Road conductor is honored for returning more than $100,000 worth of jewelry left on a train.

LIRR President Phil Eng commended conductor Jonathan Yellowday for his honesty.

He found a case of jewelry in a plastic bag on a train from Penn Station to Port Washington on Thursday night.

In the case, there were 36 engagement rings, some embedded with diamonds, worth $107,000.

They belonged to a Manhattan jeweler who mistakenly left them behind while on his way home.

"It almost didn't seem real. I was like, this can't be what I think it is, and then sure enough, oh wow, it really is, oh boy, I got to get this back to the police ASAP," Yellowday said.

The conductor handed the rings to the grateful owner when they met Friday.

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