An 8-year-old girl in Florida wrote a letter to the thieves who robbed her family home Feb. 13.
According to reports, Wendy Chay Son was on her way to school with her mother, Alberthina Son, when their home was broken into. Wendy's father, Jose, was away at work. Among the items taken from the home were a tablet, jewelry, clothing, and shoes. The tablet was said to be used for schoolwork.
"When I come back, I saw the door open and I was scared," Alberthina said to WPBF. She said she then called the police.
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The family had been renting in a nearby Florida neighborhood, and only recently purchased the home that was broken into. The family is originally from Guatemala, according to Daily Mail.
Jose found the letter a few days after the burglary and put it in the window of the home.
"This is for the robbers," wrote Wendy in the note. "Please do not steal in our house. There are good kids and people in this house. We are people that do not steal. We are sad that you have been stealing in this house. You are not the only one that has feelings. We all do."
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"Right now I feel sad that you robbed our house. My dad is working so hard and you are not."
"You are just stealing stuff. Tell me why you are stealing and I will help you be a good person. You think this is a joke but it is not."
"If you start being nice you will have friends that will be nice to you. If they are not nice just go with somebody that is nice. I hope you will have a better life."
"I hope you will change and be good. God will forgive you," she wrote in the margin of the paper.
Wendy hopes that the burglars will see the note.
A neighbor heard about the incident and shared Wendy's story, as well as set up a GoFundMe page to help the family recoup losses after the burglary.
"I wrote that letter so they could change and don't steal in anybody's house," Wendy told WPBF.
The Lake Worth area where the family home is located experiences nearly twice as many property crimes than the national average, according to Neighborhoodscout. The tracking website also reports the area has 66.38 crimes per 1,000 residents, safer than only 2 percent of U.S. cities.