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EDMUNDSON, MO (KPLR) - An 8-year-old Edmundson boy will be honored this week for helping a burglary victim recover hundreds of dollars.  Police are calling him fantastic. But, the boy does not consider himself a hero.  His grandmother, Kathy Carr-Richard said, “He’s just a great kid.”

8-year-old Karter Hatcher is admired by folks in Edmundson.  Several weeks ago he was playing in the city park, when a 6-year-old boy offered him a $100 dollar bill to ride his new bike. It’s not the kind of currency Karter sees a lot. He said, “That was my second time ever.”

Karter was suspicious, “I was wondering that when this 6-year-old had that much money it had to be stolen or something.” He quickly ran home to tell his grandmother. She also knew something wasn’t right.   Kath Carr-Richard said, “I said maybe it’s his grandma’s, his parent’s money for bills I said he shouldn’t have that. That’s when Karter said I think he had five or six of them.

She called police and it didn’t take long for officers to discover the 6-year-old had taken five $100 dollar bills from a neighbor’s home. The youngster was worried his mom would find out what he did.  Edmundson Officer Tom Etling said, “…told the officer, please don’t tell my mom, please don’t tell my mom repeatedly.”

Karter will be honored by Edmundson officials.  His grandmother said, “I told him I was very proud of him.”  Officer Etling added, “I think we really have to take the time to realize there are some great kids out there there’s some great families out there.”

Karter doesn’t feel like a hero, “Not exactly a hero but I feel like a good person.”

Even though the 6-year-old is now going through the juvenile process police are hopeful for him. Etlin said, “Maybe we caught him early enough that lesson learned he’s never going to do anything like that again.” The officer said a $100 dollar bill is still missing. He suspects the 6-year-old may have gone a candy buying spree. Karter will be recognized in a ceremony set for 6 pm Thursday night.

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