"There was a big stack of money," Taverna told WABC.
There was a note written in Russian inside the bag, the New York Daily News reported. Taverna dropped it off at a nearby precinct around the same time that a woman, headed to Russia on vacation, reported the money missing, the newspaper reported.
To Taverna, returning the money was a no-brainer.
"It wasn't mine. If someone lost $10,000, they're probably going through a lot of distress," he told WABC.