Thieves Return Stolen Items with Handwritten Apology Note

Thieves Return Stolen Items with Handwritten Apology Note

Is it possible that even thieves can have a heart?

On July 31st, several computer towers, monitors and a laptop were missing from San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services, a non-profit organization. Assumed to be stolen, police proceeded as usual, questioning witnesses and speaking about the organization’s cause.

I guess the word got out because the next morning, around 4:30am, Candy Stallings, the organization’s executive director, found a shopping cart at the front door with each of the stolen items, all undamaged, and a handwritten note:

Thieves Return Stolen Items with Handwritten Apology Note“We had no idea what we were takeing. Here your stuff back we hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples live. God bless.” (Misspellings/grammar issues from original note.)

Stallings and her co-workers were shocked.

“You’ve got to be kidding me. I was in disbelief; I got chills; I got very emotional,” commented Stallings.

One of the officers, Lt. Paul Williams, said, “This is the first time in my career I have seen the return of stolen items. It appears the guilt of taking the property caused the return of the items.”

I guess somewhere inside everyone is that little voice of reason, trying to get us to do the right thing.

I know this is a little lighter of a topic than we usually discuss, but sometimes it’s nice to have a happy ending. Don’t you think?

The police officer thinks the thieves felt guilty and this is why they returned the items. Do you agree?

Do you think the thieves honestly didn’t realize the nature of the organization in which they were stealing from?

If the thieves had stolen the same things from a doctor’s office, do you think they would have returned the items? Doctors help people too, just as this organization does.

To me the kicker is the note, which in my opinion demonstrates a person’s raw conscious and thoughts.

Looking forward to your reactions, thoughts, opinions and comments.


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Posted by Ginger Hill on Aug 12, 2013

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