Indianapolis Woman's Facebook Message To Thief Goes Viral (Photo/Video)

| by Tony Tran
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An Indianapolis woman’s message to the thief who stole her purse has gone viral on Facebook.

Rachel Watson discovered her purse was stolen in the parking lot of Kroger supermarket on April 29.

“I probably should have been paying closer attention,” Watson told

“I think out of sight, out of mind,” she continued. “I pushed the cart back, I got in my car, and I started to drive off when I realize I didn’t have it.”

After realizing that her purse was missing, she drove back to the store in the hopes that someone would return it, to no avail.

It wasn’t money or her credit cards that Watson was sad to lose -- it was a memento from her grandfather.

“I had several little valuable things,” Watson said. “There’s one of the last letters that my grandfather ever wrote me.

“We used to write back and forth all the time and that was just one of the last ones I’ve gotten before he passed away,” Watson added.

The letter was reportedly written 15 years ago.

Turning to Facebook to voice her sadness, she wrote a message imploring the thief to return the letter to her as well as a card her mother gave her 10 years earlier.

Since she posted the plea (pictured above), the message has been shared over 5,000 times and liked by over 2,000 profiles.

"If you can return that wallet with those items still in it," she wrote, "I will not press charges. I would also like to help you get through your hard times."

After reporting the crime to the police, officials investigated security footage of the parking lot and found a woman getting into a yellow Dodge Neon.

No matter what happens though, Watson is confident that her grandfather would be proud of her.

“One of the good things that have come out of it is the inspiration that has been given and passed along Facebook,” she said. “It’s kind of like, he’s still there. I guess making a difference.”


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